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Mauritania holds elections for first time in 60 years

Mauritania holds elections for first time in 60 years

Mauritania went to polls for the first time on 22 June since the African nation gained independence from France nearly 60 years ago.

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who seized power in a coup in 2008, agreed to step down and abide by the maximum two five-year elected terms.

Non-elected military governments have mostly ruled the country following independence.

Mauritania

Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in Northwest Africa.

It is the eleventh largest sovereign state in Africa and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Western Sahara to the north and northwest, Algeria to the northeast, Mali to the east and southeast, and Senegal to the southwest.

Approximately 90% of Mauritania's land is within the Sahara; consequently, the population is concentrated in the south, where precipitation is slightly higher.

The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast, which is home to around one-third of the country's 4.3 million people.

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