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    Mauritania: Historic Elections to Test Democracy and Stability in Sahel Region

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    The African Boulevard Africain Editorial Team brings you Mauritania news and breaking news headlines in Politics, Economy, Business, Investment and Entertainment. We are unbiased, moved only by the quest for truth.
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    Nouakchott, Mauritania – (African Boulevard News) – Mauritanians head to the polls on Saturday to vote in the first major elections since President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani took office in 2019. The elections will determine the makeup of the country’s National Assembly and locals councils in what is seen as a crucial test of democracy and stability in the Sahel region.

    Over 1 million Mauritanians have registered to vote in the elections, which will see nearly 3000 candidates from over 70 political parties compete for 157 seats in the parliament and 2192 seats in the councils. This marks a critical milestone for the country as it works to consolidate its democracy following previous military coups.

    “These elections are very important for the consolidation of democracy in Mauritania and also for the region, given the country’s strategic geographic location in the Sahel region,” said former UN envoy, Ould-Abdallah, emphasizing the importance of the elections.

    The election campaign was largely peaceful, with candidates focusing on issues like security, the economy, and infrastructure development. However, some opposition parties have accused the government of tampering with the electoral process to secure a favorable outcome. The government has denied these allegations, insisting that the elections will be free and fair.

    “The government has done its best to ensure that the elections are conducted in a transparent and credible manner,” said Interior Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, adding that the government has enlisted international observers to oversee the voting process.

    Despite the challenges of the past, including coups and political unrest, Mauritania has made significant progress towards democratic consolidation in recent years, including a peaceful transfer of power in 2019. Analysts say that a successful election will be a critical step towards building democratic institutions in the country.

    “This is a key moment for the country and all eyes are on Mauritania. A successful and peaceful election will send a strong signal to the region and the international community about the country’s commitment to democracy and stability,” said Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN’s special representative for West Africa and the Sahel.

    The results of the elections are expected to be announced within a week of voting, with hopes that the process will be smooth and credible. The government has assured citizens that all necessary security measures have been put in place to ensure that the election is peaceful and that their votes count.

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