Incumbents win Mauritania poll, Islamists 2nd

2013-12-03 18:04
Election workers count ballots late in Nouakchott following nationwide elections overshadowed by a widespread boycott by opposition parties. (Ahmed Ould, AFP)

Election workers count ballots late in Nouakchott following nationwide elections overshadowed by a widespread boycott by opposition parties. (Ahmed Ould, AFP)

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Nouakchott - Mauritania's ruling party has won a large majority in legislative and local elections, while an Islamist party came second, the elections commission said on Tuesday.

The ruling Union for the Republic (UPR) took 56 of 121 seats won in the first round, a victory of 46%. Another 26 seats will go to a second round of voting on 7 December.

The main Islamist party Tewassoul, which had been closely-watched as it took part in elections for the first time, has won 12 seats, according to the results.

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