Press Release (Presidential Election in Mauritania)

The Embassy of the United States of America applauds the successful Mauritanian presidential election of June 22, 2019.  We take this opportunity to extend our warm congratulations to the President-elect HE. Mohamed Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed Cheikh Ghazouani and to the Mauritanian people.

This important election, which allowed the peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another, is a milestone in Mauritania’s history and serves as an important example for other democracies in Africa and the Arab world.

The United States of America looks forward to working closely with President-elect Ghazouani and his new government on the many areas of cooperation between the United States and Mauritania.

Finally, we note the commitment on the part of each of the presidential candidates to promote national unity and dialogue.  We encourage President-elect Ghazouani and the leaders of all the country’s political and civil society groupings to work together in this spirit to advance the interests of the Mauritanian people.

Nouakchott on July 1st, 2019.