On Monday, July 1, the Constitutional Court upheld ruling party's candidate and former defense minister Mohamed Ould Ghazouani's victory in the June 22 presidential elections. Protests and public demonstrations are possible in the coming hours and days, notably in Nouakchott, amid a heightened security presence; members of elite military units, presidential guard, and riot police have been deployed throughout the capital ahead of the announcement.
Security operations and violence between protesters and security forces are possible if protest erupt.
As of July 1, a near-total internet blackout remains reported. Continued telecommunication disruptions are possible in the coming days.
Mauritania held presidential elections on Saturday, June 22. The ruling party claimed victory with 52 percent of the vote for candidate Mohamed Ould El Ghazouani. Opposition groups have denounced the results and alleged electoral fraud; related protests were held on June 23-24.
Individuals in Mauritania, particularly in Nouakchott, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate telecommunication disruptions and a heightened security presence, maintain redundant modes of communication, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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