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President of the
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Seal of Mauritania.svg
Hi Excellency Mohammed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, President of Mauritania, at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, 20 January 2020 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Mohamed Ould Ghazouani

since 1 August 2019
Residence Presidential Palace, Nouakchott
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Moktar Ould Daddah
Formation 20 August 1961
Salary 300,000 USD annually

This is a list of heads of state of Mauritania since the country gained independence from France in 1960 to the present day.

List of officeholders

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Moktar Ould Daddah - 1977.jpg Moktar Ould Daddah
(1924–2003)
1961
1966
1971
1976
28 November 1960 10 July 1978
(deposed.)
17 years, 224 days PRM / PPM Himself
2 No image.png Mustafa Ould Salek
(1936–2012)
10 July 1978 3 June 1979
(resigned.)
328 days Military Bouceif
Sidi
Haidalla
3 No image.png Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Louly
(1943–2019)
3 June 1979 4 January 1980
(deposed.)
215 days Military Haidalla
4 Haïdalla cropped.png Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla
(1940–)
4 January 1980 12 December 1984
(deposed.)
4 years, 343 days Military Himself
Bneijara
Taya
Himself
5 Mauritania gov ould taya 210 eng 30apr05.jpg Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya
(1941–)
1992
1997
2003
12 December 1984 3 August 2005
(deposed.)
20 years, 234 days Military /
PRDS
Himself
Boubacar
Khouna
Guig
Khouna
M'Bareck
6 No image.png Ely Ould Mohamed Vall
(1953–2017)
3 August 2005 19 April 2007 1 year, 259 days Military
(Sûreté Nationale)
Boubacar
7 Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.jpg Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
(1938–2020)
2007 19 April 2007 6 August 2008
(deposed.)
1 year, 109 days Independent Zeidane
Waghef
8 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz August 2014 (cropped).jpg Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
(1956–)
6 August 2008 15 April 2009 252 days Military Laghdaf
Mbare6ba2.jpg Ba Mamadou Mbaré
(1946–2013)
15 April 2009 5 August 2009 112 days Independent Laghdaf
(8) Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz August 2014 (cropped).jpg Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
(1956–)
2009
2014
5 August 2009 1 August 2019 9 years, 361 days UPR Laghdaf
Hademine
Béchir
9 Hi Excellency Mohammed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, President of Mauritania, at the UK-Africa Investment Summit, 20 January 2020 (cropped).jpg Mohamed Ould Ghazouani
(1956–)
2019 1 August 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 262 days UPR Béchir
Sidiya
Bilal
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