El Wiam (French: Parti de l'Entente Démocratique et Sociale, lit. Party of the Democratic and Social Agreement, PEDS) is a centrist political party in Mauritania led by Boïdiel Ould Houmeit.[1] It is made up mainly of ex-officials from the regime of Maaouiya Ould Taya.[2]

HistoryEdit

El Wiam was one of the many opposition groups which took part in the 2011 Mauritanian protests, protesting against the authoritarian rule of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. The party won ten seats in the 2013 parliamentary elections, emerging as the third largest party in the National Assembly.[3] It nominated Boïdiel Ould Houmeit as its candidate for the 2014 presidential elections. Ould Houmeit finished third out of five candidates with 4.5% of the vote.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elections in Mauritania: 2013 Parliamentary and Municipal Elections: Frequently Asked Questions IFES
  2. ^ "ELECTIONS GENERALES EN MAURITANIE: MAJORITE ABSOLUE POUR LE PARTI PRESIDENTIEL". Alter Info. AFP. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ Elections held in 2013 IPU
  4. ^ Communiqué regarding the proclamation of the results of the presidential elections of 21 June 2014 Archived 30 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine CENI (in French)