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Mauritania

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

3,437,610 19

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

76.42%

Registered Voters (as of )

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
National Assembly Al Jamiya Al Wataniya Lower House
President President Head of State
Senate Majlis al-Shuyukh Upper House
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed LAGHDAF
  • Assembly: Mauritania has a bicameral Parliament (Barlamane) consisting of the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh) with 56 seats and the National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya) with 95 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the President.
  • In the Senate (Majlis al-Shuyukh), 53 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 6-year terms and 3 members are reserved for the diaspora community to serve 6-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Al Jamiya Al Wataniya), 81 members are elected in single- and multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 14 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 5-year terms.**

* 53 members are elected by indirect vote by municipal leaders to serve 6-year terms; one-third of seats are renewed every two years. 3 members are elected by Mauritanians abroad.

** In the nominal tier, there are 45 constituencies of varying magnitudes. In single-member districts, the electoral system is two-round. In two-member districts, the electoral system is two-round with both seats going to a party list. In districts with three or more seats, closed list proportional representation is the electoral system.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
National Assembly 2001-10-19 - - -
National Assembly 2001-10-26 - - -
Senate 2001-10-26 - - -
President 2003-11-07 673,591 1,203,668 55.96%
Referendum 2006-06-25 756,643 989,664 76.45%
Senate 2006-11-19 - 1,069,375 -
National Assembly 2006-11-19 - 1,069,375 -
National Assembly 2006-12-03 439,835 632,956 69.49%
Senate 2006-12-03 - 632,956 -
National Assembly 2007-01-21 - 3,688 -
Senate 2007-01-21 3,623 3,688 98.24%
Senate 2007-02-04 1,570 1,603 97.94%
National Assembly 2007-02-04 - 1,603 -
President 2007-03-11 794,979 1,133,152 70.16%
President 2007-03-25 764,045 1,132,877 67.44%
President 2009-07-18 778,105 - -
National Assembly 2013-11-23 878,693 1,189,105 73.9%
National Assembly 2013-12-21 243,998 311,940 78.22%
President 2014-06-21 - - -

Voter Turnout