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    On the 8th of August, President Moktar Ould Daddah will face re-election. President Ould Daddah?

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    On the 8th of August, President Moktar Ould Daddah will face re-election. President Ould Daddah has been Mauritania's leader since 1961. He was first re-elected in 1966. A lawyer, he has been active in Mauritanian politics even before the country became independent from France in 1960. He is presently the President of the Organisation of African Unity. The profile covers President Ould Daddah's career from 1960 and shows him meeting with French President Pompidou, at an O.A.U. summit and addressing the Mauritanian Congress.

    SYNOPSIS: Nouakchott, capital city of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on the day of national independence in 1960. The history of Mauritania both before these independence celebrations end after has been greatly shaped by Mr Moktar Ould Daddah. This celebration was long a dream for Mr Ould Daddah who will be seeing his third term as President has said that he entered politic in 1957 because of Mauriatnia's colonial rule by the French.

    President Ould Daddah first election in 1961, has kept cordial relation with the french. Earlier this year, he met with French President Pompidou in Nouakchott. During their talks, President Ould Daddah emphasised that Franco-Mauritanian cooperation should continue on the French, he has also followed a policy of self-help for Mauritania.

    On the 21st of June this year, President Ould Daddah attached the summit conference of the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. he was elected O.A.U. chairman for the coming year. succeeding Kaunda of Zambia. At the meeting, President Ould Daddah stated that public opinion was swinging against apartheid rule in South Africa.

    On the first of July, the ruling Mauriania People's Party held an extraordinary general Congress. Four hundred and fifty four members met to elect its executive. President Ould Daddah was re-elected leader of the party. At the congress, the President announced the end of the work of a planning commission that had analysed the future economic, social, and political trends of the Republic. And this Sunday, the 8th of August, President Ould Daddah will seek re-election as President of Mauritania for another 5 years.

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