June 27, 2014, 3:24 p.m.
The election for the Office of President of Mauritania was held on Saturday 21 June 2014. President Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ ran for a second term, and other candidates included anti-slavery activist Biram Ould Dah Ould ABEID of the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) party; Ibrahima Moctar SARR of the Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renewal party; Bodiel Ould HOUMEID of the Party for Democracy and Entente; and Lalla Mariam Mint Moulaye IDRISS, the only female candidate running for President. On Sunday 22 June the election commission announced that President AZIZ won another five-year term with 82 percent of the vote.[i] The Commission also claimed that 56 percent of the 1,189,105 registered voters participated in the election.[ii] However, The National Forum for Democracy and Unity, a coalition of opposition parties, boycotted the election, claiming that the process was flawed.[iii] Biram Ould Dah Ould ABEID, who won 9 percent of the vote, has filed an appeal with the Constitutional Council.[iv]