Islamic Republic of Mauritania

al-Jumhuriyah al-Islamiyah al-Muritaniyah

Note: Mauritania held the first round of parliamentary elections on November 23, 2013, and a second round on December 21. The elections solidified the position of the ruling Union for the Republic party (UPR), earning them 75 seats in the 146-seat National Assembly. UPR Coalition partners took an additional 34 seats. The opposition largely boycotted the elections; however, the Islamic opposition party National Rally for Reform and Development participated, earning 12 seats for a total of 16 in the National Assembly. The election, postponed since October 2011, was largely peaceful despite opposition claims of fraud.

Political Status: Independent republic since November 28, 1960; 1961 constitution suspended by the Military Committee for National Recovery on July 20, ...

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