Macron arrives in Mauritania for Sahel anti-jihad summit | AFP

Emmanuel Macron arrives in Mauritania for the Sahel summit, welcomed on his descent from the plane by the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani. Along with four other presidents of Sahel countries, they are to take stock of their common struggle against the region’s jihadists. IMAGES

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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