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Mauritania's ruling party has won a large majority in legislative and local elections, while an Islamist party came second, the elections commission said Tuesday.
Mauritania's ruling party was leading in nationwide polls held last month, according to partial results released Sunday, while a closely-watched Islamist party trailed behind.
Mauritanians voted on Saturday in nationwide elections overshadowed by a boycott of the "radical" opposition -- apart from an Islamist party calling its participation a struggle against "dictatorship".
Mauritania's ruling party and Islamist opposition group traded accusations of foul play on Tuesday as the campaign for the west African nation's legislative and local polls drew towards its conclusion.
Mauritanian police on Monday crushed a protest by hundreds of youths demanding a boycott of upcoming elections, wounding several.
Civil society organisations in West Africa need to be more fully implicated in anti-drugs campaigns in a region which faces new challenges on both drugs trafficking and consumption. Both the coastlines of West Africa and the vast swathes of desert in the interior are now belong used by drugs traffickers, who have long established transit routes. Most of the narcotics come from Latin America, arriving by boat or plane.
Nearly 30 million people around the world are living as slaves, according to a new index ranking 162 countries. The "Global Slavery Index" report by the Walk Free Foundation says Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan have the most widespread instances of modern slavery.
Mauritania is to begin providing energy-starved Senegal with electricity within two years, both sides announced Thursday after a summit between their presidents in Dakar.
Mauritania said Wednesday it would send soldiers to the United Nations peacekeeping force charged with ensuring security after elections in conflict-scarred Mali -- but only to areas near their shared border.
Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz recently took a bullet in the arm and was evacuated to France for medical treatment. The authorities in Nouakchott have played down the incident, suggesting it was an accidental shooting at a military checkpoint outside the capital, Nouakchott.