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Preliminary results: incumbent leader wins Mauritania polls with 81.89%

Abdel Aziz was firmly ahead of anti-slavery candidate Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who obtained 8.67 percent of the ballot

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Mauritania’s incumbent leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won presidential polls with an overwhelming 81.89 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed Sunday, after his main rivals boycotted a process they rejected as a sham.

Abdel Aziz was firmly ahead of anti-slavery candidate Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, who obtained 8.67 percent of the ballot, results published by the national electoral commission showed. Turnout stood at 56.46 percent.