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mauritania leader wins third term

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    BBC News - Saturday 8 November 2003 - 17:40 GMT >>>

    "Veteran Mauritanian leader Maaouiya Ould Taya has been re-elected in the first round of the presidential poll.

    He won 67% of the vote in Friday's election, the interior ministry said.

    His nearest challenger in the six-strong field was Mohamad Khouna Ould Haidalla - the country's former leader - who won about 19% support.

    Opposition groups dismissed the result, saying the elections had been marred by fraud and intimidation, allegations strongly denied by the government.
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    The results must be validated by the constitutional council within the next 10 days."
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    One voter in the capital told the BBC's Network Africa: "It is not the voting that is a problem but the counting.
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    Supporters of opposition candidate Ahmed Ould Daddah, in the east of Mauritania, said polling stations were closed just two hours after they opened - and opposition ballot papers were not available for voters.
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    Allegations of fraud and opposition boycotts surrounded Mr Taya's election wins in 1992 and 1997."






 
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