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ELECTIONS: Mauritania: the ruling party ahead of parliamentary and municipal

December 4th, 2013 · No Comments · 276 views


The Union for the Republic (UPR), the party of President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, easily won the first round of municipal elections and Mauritania on 23 November, followed distantly by Tewassoul Islamist party , announced Tuesday, 3 December, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Regarding the laws, of the 121 seats allotted in the first round of the 147-member National Assembly, the UPR has won 56 or 46%. Tewassoul has obtained 12 or 10%, according to figures from INEC.

November 23, some 1.2 million Mauritanians had traveled in the polls on the 60% turnout in these elections, the first held since 2006 in countries.

"Elections undemocratic"

Many times postponed, legislative and municipal elections were boycotted by part of the opposition denounced the "unilateral and undemocratic elections." One party of 11 training members of the Coordination of the Democratic Opposition (COD) to have participated in the elections, denounced Tewassoul few days after the vote, irregularities may discredit the results.

For the observation mission of the African Union (AU), the consultations were held on November 23 in satisfactory condition despite "deficiencies" which, she says, are not "likely significantly influence the results. " The second round of elections to be held on December 7.

With AFP

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