Zuma congratulates Mauritania’s president

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Mauritania president-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on a successful re-election, the international relations department said on Thursday.

“President Zuma also praised the people of Mauritania for their peaceful demeanour during the presidential elections,” spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

A campaign poster for incumbent presidential candidate Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is illuminated at night in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Picture: Joe Penney. Credit: Reuters

“To this end, president Zuma said the South African government wished for continued peace, stability, and prosperity for the people of Mauritania.”

Aziz won another five-year term during the June 21 election with 82 percent of the vote, the country's election commission announced on Sunday.

In 2008, Aziz assumed power in a coup and won the election a year later.

“President Zuma is confident that the cordial relations between South Africa and Mauritania will be further strengthened during the second term of president Abdel Aziz,” said Monyela.