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Mauritania set for the first democratic transition of power



  A crowd holding posters and wave registers in support of their candidate in this lively outdoor election hall Copyright
AFP

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Supporters on a rally for Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, widely seen as a front runner

Mauritania has voted for what could result in the first democratic transition of power since the West African country gained independence in 1

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President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz took power in a coup in 2008, but agreed to go down [19659007] Voices are now counted and the result must be known next week.

Six candidates compete for the presidency.

Front is Mohamed Ahmed Ould Ghazouani, the country's defense minister and a close ally of the current president, correspondent Louise Dewast of BBC West Africa.

Resistance candidates also participated in a move that was seen as a positive step forward after boycotting several previous polls.

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The other five candidates include former Prime Minister Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar and a well-known activist and anti-slavery campaign, Biram Dah Abeid.

The country's electoral commission promised a free and fair election despite the opposition's claim that it was biased in favor of the government party.

On Friday, Mauritania's press authority said it had not received any complaints about the coverage of the campaign.

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After Mauritania gained independence from France in 1960, the country's first president had power for 18 years before they were released into a military coup. Several coupons were followed in 1984, 2005 and 2008.

If Saturday's election ends without a clear winner, a rounded election will be held on 6 July.


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