Mauritania: seven candidates selected for the presidential election, including the outgoing Ghazouani | TV5MONDE

Mauritania: seven candidates selected for the presidential election, including the outgoing Ghazouani | TV5MONDE
Mauritania: seven candidates selected for the presidential election, including the outgoing Ghazouani | TV5MONDE

The presidential election of June 29 in Mauritania on June 29 will pit the outgoing Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani and six other men, indicates the final list of candidates published Monday by the Constitutional Council.

Mr. Ghazouani, 67, at the head since 2019 of this vast country of around 4.5 million inhabitants at the crossroads between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, is the favorite for a second term.

The Constitutional Council did not accept the candidacy of its predecessor Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who had fallen into disgrace under Mr. Ghazouani, who had been one of his most faithful companions in the past and whose election to the presidency he had prepared. presidency following him in 2019.

Mr. Aziz is in prison. He was sentenced in December 2023 to five years in prison for illicit enrichment. He denies having abused his power to amass a fortune, and has always called it a conspiracy.

Justice had, against all expectations, authorized Mr. Aziz to leave prison to submit his candidacy to the Constitutional Council last week. But the Council immediately declared the file inadmissible for technical reasons, including insufficient sponsorship required, we learned from a Source close to the Council.

Other candidates include the leader of the opposition Islamist party Tewassoul, Hamadi Ould Sid’ El Moctar, and human rights activist Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, runner-up in the 2019 presidential election.

Mauritania experienced a succession of coups from 1978 to 2008, before the 2019 election marked the first transition between two elected presidents.

While jihadism spread elsewhere in the Sahel, the country has not seen an attack since 2011.

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