Mauritanian opposition refuses to win the candidate of power and defer call to demonstrate

mauritanian opposition refuses to win the candidate of power and defer call to demonstrate

The opposition candidates postponed the Mauritanian presidential elections, a demonstration was scheduled yesterday towards the headquarters of the Electoral Commission, expressing their rejection of the results of the vote, which gave victory to the candidate of power Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.

After Sunday's clashes between police and opposition supporters protesting the results of the vote-counting in the capital Nouakchott and the economic capital of Nouadhibou, Interior Minister Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah met with the four opposition candidates and asked them to call on their supporters to calm down.

At a joint news conference late on Sunday, opposition candidates said they had made it clear to the interior minister that Ghazzouani's son had caused chaos by announcing his victory after only 80 percent of the vote was counted.

Opposition candidates said they planned to hold peaceful protests scheduled for Monday afternoon to go to the headquarters of the independent National Electoral Commission to "officially" express their rejection of the announced results, but later decided to postpone their campaign "perhaps until Thursday."

The opposition also demands the release of dozens of supporters who were arrested during clashes with police.

For its part, the interior called for restraint and warned that any unauthorized gathering could lead to criminal sanctions.

The National Independent Electoral Commission has confirmed the victory, which was announced before dawn on Sunday, born Al-Ghazwani, winning 52.01% of the vote.

These results are final only after ratification by the Constitutional Council after considering the possible appeals, especially since the four opposition candidates have declared their intention to use all legal means of appeal. They demand that the electoral commission publish the results of each polling station for comparison with their own accounts, which concluded that there should be Second round on July 6th.

Source: "AFP"

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