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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Polls open in Mauritania’s general election | AFP

The first voters arrive at a polling station in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Six candidates are in the running to choose a successor to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is stepping down after his second and final term in office expires on August 1. 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

Campaigns end in Mauritania on eve of elections

Campaigning comes to an end in Mauritania one day before the country, a frontline state in the Sahel’s fight against jihadism, goes to the polls. The three-way elections will test head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s record seven months ahead of a presidential vote.