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Western Ally Against Al Qaeda Faces Few Rivals In Mauritanian Poll

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May 08, 2014 AT 7:16 AM
Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, a key ally of the West in the fight against al Qaeda in West Africa, will face a boycott-weakened field of just six challengers in a presidential election on June 21. He won an election in 2009. His two best-known challengers will be former government minister Boidel Ould Houmeid, head of the moderate opposition party El Waim, and Ibrahima Sarr, who ran for president in 2009 and whose AJD-MR party draws its support from the ethnic Peuhl population.