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Mauritania: First Arab Country to Hold a Second Round in a Presidential Election

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Algeria, Mauritania, Elections, Governance

The blog of Convergence Républicaine pour l'Instauration de la Démocratie en Mauritanie (CRIDEM) points to a La Tribune d'Algérie article stating [Fr]: “Long considered a back-country, Mauritania just proved to its neighbors and to the world that when it comes to democracy, the country can now be an example. Never has an Arab country held a second round in a presidential election. [1]Among the 19 candidates running, the two ahead are Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallah and Ahmed Ould Daddah. With respectively 26 and 25% of the vote, they will run again on March 25.”