Mauritanian citizens turn out to vote in general elections | AFP

Voters in the West African state of Mauritania head to the polls after a campaign dominated by the country’s economy and appeals to preserve its hard-won stability. The ballot is the first in the nation’s coup-strewn history that looks set to see an elected president complete his mandate and hand over to an elected successor. IMAGES

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Mauritania: opposition candidate Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar votes | AFP

Leading Mauritanian opposition candidate Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar casts his vote in the general elections. He hopes to win enough support to secure a runoff vote on July 6. IMAGES

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Outgoing Mauritanian President Aziz casts vote in elections | AFP

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz casts his vote in a Nouakchott polling station. He is stepping down after this term in office, with six candidates in the running to succeed him. IMAGES

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Mauritania Defence minister to announce presidential bid

Mauritanian Defence Minister Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed, known as “Ould Ghazouani”, arrives at Cheikha Boidiya stadium in the capital Nouakchott, ahead of a speech during which he is expected to declare himself a candidate in the June presidential election, hoping to succeed Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, to whom he is very close. IMAGES