Mauritania: frontrunner candidate Ghazouani casts his vote | AFP

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, 62-year-old former general and ruling party candidate in Mauritania’s general election, casts his vote at a Nouakchott polling station. 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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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

G5 Sahel: Leaders and financial backers meet in Mauritania

Donors and leaders of the G5 Sahel group gather for a conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The organisation wishes to strengthen its development projects, particularly in border regions where jihadists are taking advantage of the shortcomings of the states to establish themselves. IMAGES

Erdogan arrives in Mauritania on second leg of Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Nouakchott, the first Turkish head of state to visit Mauritania, on the second leg of his Africa tour which he has described as “historic”. Erdogan will next head to Senegal and Mali. IMAGES