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
Assumed office
5 August 2009
Prime MinisterMoulaye Laghdaf
Yahya Ould Hademine
Preceded byBa Mamadou Mbaré (Acting)
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*
Acting
Prime MinisterMoulaye Laghdaf
Preceded bySidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
Succeeded byBa Mamadou Mbaré (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1956-12-20) 20 December 1956 (age 62)
Akjoujt, French West Africa
NationalityMauritanian
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 العزيزMuḥammad Wald ‘Abd al-‘Azīz; born 20 December 1956)[1] is the President of Mauritania, in office since 2009.

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. (Spanish) Biografías de Líderes Políticos es un servicio de la Fundació CIDOB. Cidob.org (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 (French).
  3. "Mauritarian coup leader sworn in as president", AFP, 5 August 2009.