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Vol 60 No 13

Published 28th June 2019


Ghazouani’s modest mandate

Ex-President Abdel Aziz has smoothly slipped his placeman into his old job while a reinvigorated opposition failed and the world turned away

Opposition leaders were left with much to ponder after the 22 June presidential election handed Mohamed Ould Cheikh el Ghazouani outright victory on the first ballot with 52% of the vote. Anything other than victory for the chosen successor of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz would have been astonishing – and it was certainly no surprise when the electoral commission announced that Ghazouani had cleared the 50% hurdle.

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