Presidential poll announced for 21st June
A Presidential election has been announced for 21st June 2014, although the date is still subject to change following discussions with opposition parties.
The announcement published on the official news agency website said that nominations were open until 7th May and if a second round is needed then that will be held on 5th July.
The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), a group of 17 political parties called ‘the radical opposition’ has stated that it will not take part in the elections unless there are changes to the ‘electoral authorities organising the poll’. Middle East Online reports that the government has agreed to talks which will involve 33 representatives, 11 from each of the presidential majority, moderate opposition (also known as the Coalition for Peaceful Change of Power – CAP) and the radical opposition.
The previous election took place on 18th July 2009 when Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who had led the 2008 coup d’état, won with 52.58% in the first round. His five year term runs out on 5th August.