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Mauritania heads back to the polls

Citizens of this coup-plagued northwest African country went to the polls Sunday for the second time this month — choosing between two men vying to usher Mauritania into civilian rule. The runoff — held because no candidate won more than 50 per cent in the first round — is the final stage of an election that has been widely heralded as Mauritania’s first truly free presidential ballot following years of coups and dictators that have kept power from ever changing hands at the ballot box. The vote itself was improbably organized by a ruling junta that seized power in a bloodless coup nearly two years ago. Full Story

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