Defeated candidate challenges Mauritania poll results

Mauritania's opposition parties had earlier announced their boycott of the vote. The opposition Al-Wiam Democratic and Social Party, however, bucked this trend and said it would participate.

Defeated candidate challenges Mauritania poll results

World Bulletin / News Desk

A defeated presidential candidate in Mauritania has challenged the results of the polls that gave incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel-Aziz a second five-year term with around 82% of the vote.

Biram Dah Abeid, a veteran activist and advocate for the abolition of slavery, told reporters late Tuesday that the results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) were rigged.

The CENI on Sunday announced Abdel-Aziz as the winner of the Saturday polls after garnering 575,995 votes (81.89 percent). Abeid only collected 8.67 percent of the votes, according to the commission.

"All of you know that the CENI is neither independent nor impartial," he said.

He went on to say that he would challenge the results at the Constitutional Council to question the numbers announced by the commission.

Mauritania's opposition parties had earlier announced their boycott of the vote. The opposition Al-Wiam Democratic and Social Party, however, bucked this trend and said it would participate.

Having ruled since 2009, Abdel-Aziz, a former army general, played a key role in two military coups that toppled Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya and elected Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

He, however, would not be able to run in the next presidential elections in the light of the constitution, which limits the terms a president can have in office to two.

Last Mod: 25 Haziran 2014, 11:46
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