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Top challenger re-arrested after incumbent wins Mauritania vote

Mauritanian police arrested top opposition presidential candidate Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah for a second time on suspicion of planning a coup following the reelection of longtime leader Maaouiya Ould Taya. Ould Haidallah, 63, a former president who was overthrown by Ould Taya in a 1984 coup, came a distant second to his rival, a former comrade-in-arms, in Friday’s presidential election. International observers were not invited to witness the vote in Mauritania, where Ould Taya now has a third six-year mandate, having been re-elected in 1997 with 90 percent amid an opposition boycott. The runner-up and several of his campaign aides had been briefly detained on the eve of the election in the west African desert state, where a coup was violently put down in June. Full Story

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