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Ruling Party Ahead in Mauritanian Vote

Monday, June 24, 2019

On June 23, early polling results showed Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, from Mauritania’s ruling party, ahead in the polls from the election the day before. The early results have Ghazouani taking 50.41% of the ballot with more than half of the votes counted, according to data from the electoral commission.

Biram Dah Abeid, Ghazouani’s nearest rival, has collected 18.72% so far, the figures showed. Mohamed Ould Boubacar, who is backed by Mauritania’s biggest Islamist party, had 18.13%, with support for the other two candidates in single figures.

About 850,000 votes out of 1.5 million have been counted. This election is the first in Mauritania history since independence from France in 1960.