Mauritania`s incumbent leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has won presidential polls with an overwhelming 81.89 per cent of the vote, preliminary results have showed after his main rivals boycotted a process they rejected as a sham.
Voters trickled into polling centres in Mauritania on Saturday in an election where incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz was counting on a high turnout to see off an opposition boycott and boost his authority.
A terror group active in West Africa has threatened to target the interests of "France and her allies" in retaliation for France`s military intervention in Mali last year, according to a Mauritanian website frequently used by local jihadists to communicate with the outside world.
A young Muslim man in Mauritania is facing a possible death sentence after being convicted of apostasy and jailed for having written an article criticising the prophet Mohammed, a judicial source said on Monday.
Mauritanians voted on Saturday in nationwide elections overshadowed by a widespread boycott of opposition parties, with all eyes on the performance of an Islamist party allowed to take part for the first time.