Zeine Ould Zeidane

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Zeine Ould Zeidane
الزين ولد زيدان
10th Prime Minister of Mauritania
In office
20 April 2007 – 6 May 2008
President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
Preceded by Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar
Succeeded by Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef
Personal details
Born 1966
Tamchekett, Mauritania

Zeine Ould Zeidane (Arabic: الزين ولد زيدان‎‎) (born 1966)[1] is a Mauritanian economist and politician. He placed third as a candidate in the March 2007 presidential election, and he subsequently served as Prime Minister from April 2007 to May 2008.

Born in Tamchekett, Zeidane studied in Nouakchott, then at the University of Nice, in France. He taught briefly at the University of Nice before returning to Mauritania, where he taught at the University of Nouakchott before entering banking.[1][2] In 2000, he was posted to the World Bank,[2] while he later served as economic counsel to the President of Mauritania, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.[1][2] On July 26, 2004, he was appointed by Taya as Governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania.[3] He was virtually the only minister to maintain his post following the coup of August 2005,[2][4] leaving the position in September 2006 because of his presidential candidacy.[2]

Zeidane announced his candidacy on December 18, 2006.[5] In the presidential election, which was held on March 11, 2007, he was the youngest candidate,[2][4] standing as an independent.[4] He took third place in the election with 15.28% of the votes cast.[6] In the election, Zeidane was considered by some to be the candidate favored by exiled former president Taya.[7] On March 17, Zeidane announced his support for Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in the second round of the election.[8]

Abdallahi won the second round, held on March 25, and on April 20, one day after he took office as President, Abdallahi named Zeidane as Prime Minister.[9] Zeidane took office on April 21.[1] Zeidane's new government was named on April 28; it included 28 members[10] and was composed of technocrats who were largely considered obscure figures. Three of the ministers appointed were members of the People's Progressive Alliance (led by Messaoud Ould Boulkheir, another presidential candidate who backed Abdallahi in the second round).[11]

Zeidane presented the resignation of his government on May 6, 2008; Abdallahi accepted the resignation[12] and appointed Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef to succeed him on the same day.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d "Le nouveau Premier ministre prend fonction", Agence Mauritanienne d'Information, April 21, 2007 (French).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Zeine Ould Zeidane veut troquer le fauteuil de la Banque centrale contre celui du Palais présidentiel", African Press Agency, February 24, 2007 (French).
  3. ^ "Nomination d'un nouveau gouverneur de la Banque Centrale de Mauritanie", AMI, June 26, 2004 (French).
  4. ^ a b c Zeine Ould Zeidane, BBCAfrique.com (French).
  5. ^ "M. Zein Ould Zeidane annonce sa candidature aux élections présidentielles", Agence Mauritanienne d'Information, December 18, 2006 (French).
  6. ^ "Le conseil constitutionnel proclame les résultats du premier tour de l'élection présidentielles du 11 mars 2007", Agence Mauritanienne d'Information, March 15, 2007 (French).
  7. ^ "Ould Taya vote Ould Zeidane", Jeuneafrique.com, March 11, 2007 (French).
  8. ^ Ibrahima Sylla, "Abdallahi receives boost ahead of polls", Reuters (IOL), March 19, 2007.
  9. ^ "Mauritanie: Zeine Ould Zeidane nommé Premier ministre", AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), April 20, 2007 (French).
  10. ^ "New Mauritania govt forms first post-transition cabinet", African Press Agency, April 28, 2007.
  11. ^ "Mauritanie: formation d'un nouveau gouvernement", AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), April 28, 2007 (French).
  12. ^ "Le Premier ministre Zeine ould Zeidane présente la démission du gouvernement", AMI, May 6, 2008 (French).
  13. ^ "Mauritanie: démission du Premier ministre Zeine Ould Zeidane", AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), May 6, 2008 (French).
  14. ^ "Mauritania: Ould Ahmed El Waghev becomes new Premier", African Press Agency, May 6, 2008.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar
Prime Minister of Mauritania
Succeeded by
Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef