• Mauritania

  • President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
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  • Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is the President of Mauritania, in office since 2009. A career soldier and high-ranking officer, he was a leading figure in the August 2005 coup that deposed President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, and in August 2008 he led another coup, which toppled President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. Following the 2008 coup, Abdel Aziz became President of the High Council of State as part of what was described as a political transition leading to a new election. He resigned from that post in April 2009 in order to stand as a candidate in the July 2009 presidential election, which he won. He was sworn in on 5 August 2009.
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  • Born
    Dec 20, 1956, Akjoujt, French West Africa
  • Nationality
    Mauritanian
  • Political party
    Union for the Republic
  • Spouse(s)
    Mariam Mint Ahmed Dit Tekber
  • Religion
    Sunni Islam
  • Preceded by
    Ba Mamadou Mbaré
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