Mauritanian presidential election, 2003

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Mauritanian presidential election, 2003
1997 ←
7 November 2003 → 2007

Turnout 55.96%
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Nominee Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla
Party DSRP Independent
Popular vote 438,915 123,244
Percentage 67% 18.7%

President before election

Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya

Elected President

Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya

Presidential elections were held in Mauritania on 7 November 2003. As expected, incumbent President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was easily re-elected against weak opposition. The opposition alleged election fraud, and Taya's main challenger, former military ruler Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla (the man who Taya ousted when he seized power in December 1984), was arrested both immediately before and after the vote.[1] The elections saw two notable firsts; Aicha Bint Jeddane was the country's first female presidential candidate, and Messaoud Ould Boulkheir was the first descendant of slaves to run for the office.[2]

The elections took place a few months after a violent unsuccessful coup d'état attempt in June 2003, and Taya was overthrown in a coup two years later, in August 2005.


Candidate Party Votes %
Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya Democratic and Social Republican Party 438,915 67.0
Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla 123,244 18.7
Ahmed Ould Daddah 45,314 6.9
Messaoud Ould Boulkheir 33,089 5.0
Moulaye Elhacen Ould Jeid 9,768 1.5
Aïcha Mint Jedaane 3,100 0.5
Invalid/blank votes 15,443
Total 673,591 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,203,668 56.0
Source: IFES, Voter Turnout: Mauritania


  1. ^ Top Mauritanian politician held BBC News, 9 November 2003
  2. ^ Mauritania's hour postponed Al-Ahram Weekly, 13–19 November 2005