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Mauritania

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Prior to the coup d'état of August 2005, Mauritania was a one party dominant state with the Democratic and Social Republican Party in power. Opposition parties were allowed, but widely considered to have no real chance of gaining power.

Mauritania elects on national level a head of state - the president - and a legislature. Prior to 2006, the president was elected for a six year term by the people, with no term limits; following the constitutional referendum of June 2006, presidential terms are now five years, with a two-term limit and a maximum age limit of 75. The Parliament (Barlamane/Parlement) has two chambers. The National Assembly (Al Jamiya al-Wataniyah/Assemblée Nationale) has 81 members, elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies. The Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh/Sénat) has 56 members, 53 members elected for a six year term by municipal councillors with one third renewed every two years and 3 members elected by Mauritanians abroad.

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Latest elections

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2009 Presidential election

e • d  Summary of the 18 July 2009 Mauritanian presidential election results
Candidates – Parties Votes %
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz – Union for the Republic 409,100 52.58
Messaoud Ould BoulkheirPopular Alliance for Progress/National Front for the Defense of Democracy 126,782 16.29
Ahmed Ould DaddahRally of Democratic Forces 106,263 13.66
Mohamed Jemil Ould Mansour – National Rally for Reform and Development 37,059 4.76
Ibrahima Moctar SarrAlliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renewal 35,709 4.59
Ely Ould Mohamed Vall 29,681 3.81
Kane Hamidou Baba 11,568 1.49
Saleh Ould HanennaMauritanian Party of Union and Change 10,219 1.31
Hamada Ould Meimou 9,936 1.28
Sghair Ould M'Bareck 1,788 0.23
Total votes 778,105 100.00
Sources: click4mauritania.com

2007 Presidential election

e • d  Summary of the 11 March and 25 March 2007 Mauritanian presidential election results
Candidates – Parties 1st round 2nd round
Votes % Votes %
Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi 183,726 24.80 373,520 52.85
Ahmed Ould DaddahRally of Democratic Forces 153,252 20.69 333,185 47.15
Zeine Ould Zeidane 113,182 15.28
Messaoud Ould BoulkheirPopular Alliance for Progress 72,493 9.79
Ibrahima Moctar Sarr 58,878 7.95
Saleh Ould HanennaMauritanian Party of Union and Change 56,700 7.65
Mohamed Ould Maouloud – Union of the Forces of Progress 30,254 4.08
Dahane Ould Ahmed Mahmoud 15,326 2.07
Mohamed Ould Cheikhna 14,200 1.92
Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla 12,813 1.73
Ethmane Ould Cheikh Ebi El Maali 10,868 1.47
Ba Mamadou Alassane – Party for Liberty, Equality and Justice 4,076 0.55
Mohamed Ahmed Ould Baba Ahmed Ould Salihi 2,779 0.38
Moulaye El Hacen Ould Jeid – Mauritanian Party for Renewal and Concord 2,535 0.34
Chbih Ould Cheikh Malainine 2,111 0.28
Rajel dit Rachid Moustapha – Mauritanian Party for Renewal 1,977 0.27
Sidi Ould Isselmou Ould Mohamed Ahid 1,784 0.24
Isselmou Ould El Moustapha – Party of Democratic Convergence 1,779 0.24
Mohamed Ould Mohamed El Moctar Ould Tomi 1,465 0.20
Mohamed Ould Ghoulam Ould Sidaty 652 0.09
Total valid votes 740,850 100.0 706,705 100.00
Total valid poll(turnout 70.2 %/67.4 ) 794,979 764,045
Sources: African Elections, African Press Agency

2006 Parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held on November 19, 2006.

e • d  Summary of the 19 November and 3 December 2006 Mauritanian parliamentary election results
Parties Votes % Seats
1st round
Seats
2nd round
Total
seats
Al-Mithaq (moderate Islamist independents) 10 31 41
RFD-UFP Rally of Democratic Forces (Regroupement des Forces Démocratiques) 12 3 15
Union of Forces of Progress (Union des Forces du Progrès) 3 5 8
RFD-UFP 0 2 2
Republican Party for Democracy and Renewal (Parti Républicain Démocratique et Renouvellement) 4 3 7
APP-HATEM People's Progressive Alliance (Alliance populaire progressiste) 4 1 5
Mauritanian Party of Union and Change (Parti mauritanien de l'union et du changement-HATEM) 2 0 2
APP-HATEM 0 2 2
Rally for Democracy and Unity (Rassemblement pour la Démocratie et l'Unité) 2 1 3
Union for Democracy and Progress (Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès) 1 2 3
Democratic Renovation (Rénovation Démocratique) 2 0 2
People's Front (Front populaire) 1 0 1
Social-Democratic Unionist Party (Parti unioniste démocratique et socialiste) 1 0 1
National Rally for Democracy, Liberty and Equality (Rassemblement national pour la liberté, la démocratie et l'égalité) 1 0 1
Union of the Democratic Center (Union du centre démocratique) 0 1 1
Alternative (Alternative) 0 1 1
Total 43 52 95
Source: IPU

2007 Senate election

e • d  Summary of the 21 January and 4 February 2007 Senate of Mauritania election results
Parties 1st round 2nd round Total
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Al-Mithaq (moderate Islamist independents) 2,258 63.14 23 1,081 69.79 11 34
Rally of Democratic Forces (Regroupement des Forces Démocratiques) and allies 365 10.21 5 98 6.33 1 6
Rally of Democratic ForcesUnion of Forces of Progress (RFD-UFP) 76 4.91 1 1
Republican Party for Democracy and Renewal (Parti Républicain Démocratique et Renouvellement) 231 6.46 3 3
Union of Forces of Progress (Union des Forces du Progrès) 129 3.61 1 29 1.87 0 1
Coalition of Forces for Democratic Change (Coalition des Forces de Changements) 83 2.32 3 3
Mauritanian Party of Union and Change (Parti mauritanien de l'union et du changement/HATEM) and allies 31 0.87 1 103 6.65 2 3
Union for Democracy and Progress (Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès) and allies 28 0.78 1 1
People's Progressive Alliance (Alliance populaire progressiste) and allies 12 0.34 1 1
representatives of the diaspora 3
Total 3,137 100.0 38 1,387 100.0 15 56

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