Presidential elections were held in Mauritania on 22 June 2019, with a second round planned for 6 July if no candidate had received more than 50% of the vote. The result was a first round victory for Mohamed Ould Ghazouani who won with 52 percent of the vote. However, opposition rejected the results, calling it "another army coup." On 1 July 2019, Mauritania's constitutional council confirmed Ghazouani as president and rejected a challenge by opposition.
Map of the results of the Mauritanian presidential election by wilaya and moughataa.
- Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, Union for the Republic.
- Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, supported by Tewassoul.
- Biram Dah Abeid, Independent.
- Mohamed Ould Maouloud, Union of the Forces of Progress, supported by the Rally of Democratic Forces.
- Kane Hamidou Baba, Independent, supported by the Vivre Ensemble coalition.
- Mohamed Lemine al-Mourtaji al-Wafi, Independent.
|Mohamed Ould Ghazouani||Union for the Republic||483,007||52.00|
|Biram Dah Abeid||Independent||172,649||18.59|
|Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar||Independent||165,995||17.87|
|Kane Hamidou Baba||Independent||80,777||8.70|
|Mohamed Ould Maouloud||Union of the Forces of Progress||22,656||2.44|
|Mohamed Lemine al-Mourtaji al-Wafi||Independent||3,688||0.40|
Following Ould Ghazouani's declaration of victory, protests began were held in Nouakchott, leading to around 100 arrests. The government started to reduce mobile internet services on the day after the elections, with fixed-line internet services ceasing on 25 June; both were fully restored on 3 July.
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