Mauritanian opposition rejects Ghazouani election victory

Mauritanian opposition rejects Ghazouani election victory

Opposition parties in Mauritania say they reject official election results that give a win to Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a former defense minister and close ally of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who received 52 percent of the vote in the country’s presidential contest on Saturday. The political tensions have left…

Mauritania awaits election results with Ghazouani in early lead

Mauritania awaits election results with Ghazouani in early lead

Election officials in Mauritania say the nation’s historic presidential election has gone smoothly, despite concern about the potential for fraud voiced by some opposition candidates. Mohamed Vall Ould Bellal, president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, said there were no problems while promising transparency and the rule of law will…

Mauritania: Candidates from 100 parties filed for September elections

Mauritania’s electoral commission says candidates from an unprecedented 100 political parties have submitted their files to participate in the country’s legislative and municipal elections on September 1. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) confirmed the lists ahead of campaigning that officially begins on August 17. Mauritania also confirms 1.4 million…

Rights groups speak out on Mauritanian blogger, blasphemy law

The African Union’s human rights organization, wrapping up its meeting in Nouakchott this week, called on President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to review Mauritania’s controversial “blasphemy” law. “The African commission uses the occasion of its current session in Mauritania to urge the highest authorities to review this legislation,” said Soyata…

Mauritania lifts death sentence, releases anti-slavery blogger

Mauritanian blogger Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is now free, after an appeals court reviewed and overturned a death sentence imposed for publishing a 2014 article that challenged the use of religion to support social injustice. Mkhaitir was arrested almost four years ago after sharing his critical views on the way Islam…

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…