By a wide margin. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ghazouani re-elected for a second term

Mauritania’s Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Monday that incumbent President Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ghazouani won a second presidential term in the first round, securing 56.12% of the vote.

Ghazouani was far ahead of his main rival, anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid, who received 22.10 percent of the vote in Saturday’s poll, according to results announced at a press conference by the head of the electoral commission, Dah Ould Abdel Jalil.

In reaction to the results, Biram Dah Abeid announced on Sunday that he would not recognize the official results announced by the electoral commission, accusing it of being a tool of the authorities.

The Islamist candidate of the Tawasul Party, the largest opposition party in the National Assembly, Hamadi Ould Sidi Mokhtar, came third with 12.78 percent of the vote.

Commenting on the conduct of the electoral process, the head of the electoral commission said: “We did everything we could to create the conditions for a good election, and to some extent we succeeded.”

It is worth noting that these results confirm that President Ghazouani will remain in office for a second term, while the opposition’s reactions raise questions about the extent to which these results will be accepted on the Mauritanian political scene.

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