List of heads of state of Mauritania

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President of the
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
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Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz August 2014 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz

since 5 August 2009
Residence Presidential Palace, Nouakchott
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Moktar Ould Daddah
Formation 20 August 1961
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List of Heads of State of Mauritania[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Islamic Republic of Mauritania Independence from France
(République Islamique de Mauritanie)
28 November 1960 to 20 August 1961 Moktar Ould Daddah - 1977.jpg Moktar Ould Daddah, acting Head of State PRM/PPM
20 August 1961 to 10 July 1978 Moktar Ould Daddah, President Deposed in a coup d'état
10 July 1978 to 20 March 1979 Mustafa Ould Salek, Chairman of the Military Committee for National Recovery Mil
20 March 1979 to 6 April 1979 Mustafa Ould Salek, Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Recovery
6 April 1979 to 3 June 1979 Mustafa Ould Salek, Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Salvation Reduced to a figurehead after a coup d'état; Resigned
3 June 1979 to 4 January 1980 Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Louly, Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Salvation Mil Deposed in a coup d'état
4 January 1980 to 12 December 1984 Haïdalla cropped.png Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla, Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Salvation Mil Deposed in a coup d'état
12 December 1984 to 18 April 1992 Mauritania gov ould taya 210 eng 30apr05.jpg Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, Head of State and Chairman of the Military Committee for National Salvation Mil
18 April 1992 to 3 August 2005 Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, President PRDS Deposed in a coup d'état
3 August 2005 to 19 April 2007 Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, Chairman of the Military Council for Justice and Democracy Mil Step down after the 2007 presidential election
19 April 2007 to 6 August 2008 Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.jpg Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, President n-p Deposed in a coup d'état
6 August 2008 to 15 April 2009 Mauritania-aziz-in-his-home-city-Akjoujt-15mar09 1.jpg Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the High Council of State Mil 1st Term; Resigned in order to stand as a candidate in the 2009 presidential election
15 April 2009 to 5 August 2009 Ba Mamadou Mbaré, Acting President n-p President of the Senate. The first black leader of Mauritania
5 August 2009 to Present Mauritania-aziz-in-his-home-city-Akjoujt-15mar09 1.jpg Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President UPR 2nd Term

Affiliations[edit]

PPM Partie des Personnes de Mauritanian
     (Mauritanian People's Party)   to 1961 PRM - authoritarian
PRDS Parti Républicain Démocratique et Social
     (Social and Democratic Republican Party)   authoritarian
PRM Parti Rassemblement Mauritian
     (Mauritanian Gathering Party)   1958-1961 PPM
UPM Union Progressive Mauritanian
     (Mauritanian Progressive Union)   from 1958 PRM
ADIL National Pact for Democracy and Development
UPR Union for the Republic
Mil Military
n-p non-partisan
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Latest election[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Union for the Republic 577,995 81.89
Biram Dah Abeid Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement 61,218 8.67
Boïdiel Ould Houmeit El Wiam 31,773 4.50
Ibrahima Moctar Sarr Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renewal 31,368 4.44
Laila Maryam Mint Moulaye Idriss Independent 3,434 0.49
Invalid/blank votes 44,077
Total 749,865 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,328,168 56.46
Source: CENI

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