Former Mauritanian president dies at 82

Country declares 3 days of mourning over death of former President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, 82

Mohamed al-Bakkay   | 23.11.2020
Former Mauritanian president dies at 82

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania 

Mauritania's former President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi died Sunday night, with the presidency announcing three days of official mourning.

According to local media, Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, 82, died at a private hospital in the country's capital Nouakchott.

Reports did not mention further details on the cause of his death.

The late president came to power after winning elections on April 9, 2007, before he was toppled by a military coup headed by former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in August 2008.

After the coup, he was placed under house arrest before reaching an agreement in the Senegalese capital Dakar, which allowed him to announce his resignation on June 27, 2009 and has since retired from politics.

The late leader served in many government positions in the 1970s and 1980s, including as minister of economy in 1971-1978 and worked as a consultant to the Kuwait Fund for Development in 1982-1985.

*Bassel Barakat in Ankara contributed to this report

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