Elections in 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.

Latest elections

2014 Presidential election

Candidate Party Votes %
Mohamed Ould Abdel AzizUnion for the Republic577,99581.89
Biram Dah AbeidInitiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement61,2188.67
Boïdiel Ould HoumeitEl Wiam31,7734.50
Ibrahima Moctar SarrAlliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renewal31,3684.44
Laila Maryam Mint Moulaye IdrissIndependent3,4340.49
Invalid/blank votes44,077
Registered voters/turnout1,328,16856.46
Source: CENI

2009 Presidential election

 Summary of the 18 July 2009 Mauritanian presidential election results
Candidates – Parties Votes %
Mohamed Ould Abdel AzizUnion 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 MansourNational 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
Registered Voters/turnout 1,265,063 61.51
Sources: click4mauritania.com, Voter Turnout: Mauritania

2013 Parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held on November 23 and December 21, 2013

Template:Mauritanian parliamentary election, 2013

2007 Senate election

 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

Past elections

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