Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz

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Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
محمد ولد عبد العزيز
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz August 2014 (cropped).jpg
Abdel-Aziz in 2014
8th President of Mauritania
In office
5 August 2009 – 1 August 2019
Prime MinisterMoulaye Laghdaf
Yahya Ould Hademine
Preceded byBa Mamadou Mbaré (Acting)
Succeeded byMohamed Ould Ghazouani
12th Chairperson of the African Union
In office
30 January 2014 – 30 January 2015
Preceded byHailemariam Desalegn
Succeeded byRobert Mugabe
President of the High Council of State
Acting President of Mauritania
In office
6 August 2008 – 15 April 2009*
Prime MinisterMoulaye Laghdaf
Preceded bySidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
Succeeded byBa Mamadou Mbaré (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1956-12-20) 20 December 1956 (age 65)
Akjoujt, French West Africa
Political partyUnion for the Republic
Spouse(s)Mariam Mint Ahmed Dit Tekber
Military service
Allegiance Mauritania
Branch/serviceMauritanian Army
Years of service1977–2009
RankBrigadier General

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Arabic: محمد ولد عبد العزيز Muḥammad Wald ‘Abd al-‘Azīz; born 20 December 1956)[1] was the President of Mauritania from 2009 to 2019.

Ould Abdel Aziz was a member of the military junta which ousted President Ould Taya in 2005. Following the 2008 coup, Abdel Aziz became President of the High Council of State as part of what was described as a political transition leading to a new election.[2] He resigned from that post in April 2009 in order to stand as a candidate in the July 2009 presidential election, which he won. He was sworn in on 5 August 2009.[3]

Abdel Aziz also served as the Chairman of the African Union from 2014 to 2015.

On July 9, 2020, Mohamed Abdel Aziz was to respond to the convening of a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry tasked with writing a "report". In the aftermath, the Mauritanian justice started to boil in a race against the clock for the construction of the High court of justice, only authorized to judge the president of the republic in the event of high treason.

References[change | change source]

  1. (in Spanish) Biografías de Líderes Políticos es un servicio de la Fundació CIDOB. (8 January 2009). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  2. "Le Haut Conseil d'Etat rend public un nouveau communiqué" Archived 12 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine, AMI, 7 August 2008 (in French).
  3. "Mauritarian coup leader sworn in as president", AFP, 5 August 2009.