Mauritania's outgoing president and candidate to his succession Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz speaks during a press conference on the sideline of a political meeting in Akjoujt on June 18, 2014 ahead of the June 21 presidential poll. AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU
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Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is seeking a new term in a vote Saturday, has become known for his iron rule and a relentless campaign against Al-Qaeda extremists.In 2009, Abdel Aziz won a first presidential election, but the main opposition never recognised his victory, alleging massive fraud in the poll.As acting president of the African Union (AU), Abdel Aziz wants to send a force to Ivory Coast to help stabilise a country recovering from civil warfare.He attended the royal military academy in Meknes, Morocco, before joining Mauritania's army.He helped set up the presidential guard in the 1990s, the prestigious battalion instrumental in overthrowing president Maaouiya Ould Taya in 2005, after 21 years in power.Abdel Aziz became part of a military regime that governed Mauritania between 2005 and 2007, until the country's first presidential election gave power to civilians.
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