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Mauritania's highest court confirms election win for Abdel Aziz

Mauritania's incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz leaves after casting his ballot at a polling station in Nouakchott, on June 21, 2014, during the presidential electionsMauritania’s highest court on Sunday confirmed the victory of incumbent leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in presidential polls, and rejected an appeal calling for the results to be annulled. “The candidate Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was elected President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in the first round of the presidential election,” the chairman of the constitutional council, Sgheyir Ould M’barek, said during an official ceremony. The chairman added that 57-year-old Abdel Aziz had won “an absolute majority of votes cast” in the June 21 election. Final results released by the council gave Abdel Aziz 81.94 percent of the vote, slightly higher than the provisional figure of 81.89 percent given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a week ago.

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