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Mauritania: President : Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz

2012/12/19

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (born 20 December 1956) is the President of Mauritania. 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, that toppled President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi. Following the 2008 coup, Abdel Aziz became President of the High Council of National as part of what was described as a political transition leading to a new election.[2] 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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