Mauritania opposition challenges ruling party victory

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Mauritania's ruling party candidate has won the first democratic transition of power since independence in 1960.

Mohamed Ahmed Ould Ghazouani, a close ally of outgoing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, won with 52% of votes.

Four of the opposition candidates have rejected the results, which are expected to be submitted to the constitutional council for validation.

Among them was the nearest rival, anti-slavery campaigner Biram Dah Abeid, who gained 18.5% of votes.

"This seems like a coup d'etat," said Mr Abeid, adding that those contesting the results were "united".

BBC West Africa correspondent Louise Dewast said the electoral commission has repeatedly rejected allegations that they are biased in favour of the governing party and said the vote had gone smoothly.

Although largely peaceful, there were some protests earlier on Sunday in coastal areas.

On Friday, Mauritania's press authority said it had received no complaints about the coverage of the campaign.


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