NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania – A candidate who came second in Mauritania's June 21 presidential election rejected results announced by the national election commission, contending that fraud and irregularities marred the voting.
President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won another five-year term with 82 per cent of the vote, the election commission announced following an election that was boycotted by most opposition parties. Anti-slavery campaigner Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid came in a distant second with nine per cent of the vote.
“We have filed an appeal at the Constitutional Council,” Ould Abeid told a news conference in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, accusing the government of having influenced the election in order to favour President Abdel Aziz. “If these elections were held under normal circumstances, I would get between 35 and 40 percent,” he said.
Two other unsuccessful candidates in the election have accepted the results and congratulated the president.