June 23, 2019 / 11:20 PM / a month ago

Ruling party candidate declared winner of Mauritania election

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania’s electoral commission proclaimed ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani winner on Sunday with 52% of votes in a presidential election the previous day.

His nearest rival, anti-slavery campaigner Biram Dah Abeid, came second with 18.58%, while third place candidate Mohamed Ould Boubacar, who is backed by Mauritania’s biggest Islamist party, got 17.85%.

Reporting by Kissima Diagana; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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