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Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
محمد ولد عبد العزيز
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz August 2014 (cropped).jpg
Abdel-Aziz in 2014
8th President of Mauritania
Assumed office
5 August 2009
Prime Minister Moulaye Laghdaf
Yahya Ould Hademine
Preceded by Ba Mamadou Mbaré (Acting)
12th Chairperson of the African Union
In office
30 January 2014 – 30 January 2015
Preceded by Hailemariam Desalegn
Succeeded by Robert Mugabe
President of the High Council of State
Acting President of Mauritania
In office
6 August 2008 – 15 April 2009*
Acting
Prime Minister Moulaye Laghdaf
Preceded by Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
Succeeded by Ba Mamadou Mbaré (Acting)
Personal details
Born 20 December 1956 (1956-12-20) (age 63)
Akjoujt, French West Africa
Nationality Mauritanian
Political party Union for the Republic
Spouse(s) Mariam Mint Ahmed Dit Tekber
Military service
Allegiance  Mauritania
Branch/service Mauritanian Army
Years of service 1977–2009
Rank Brigadier General

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (Arabic: محمد ولد عبد العزيز Muḥammad Wald ‘Abd al-‘Azīz; born 20 December 1956) is the President of Mauritania, in office since 2009.

Following the 2008 coup, Abdel Aziz became President of the High Council of State as part of what was described as a political transition leading to a new election. He resigned from that post in April 2009 in order to stand as a candidate in the July 2009 presidential election, which he won. He was sworn in on 5 August 2009.

Abdel Aziz also served as the Chairman of the African Union from 2014 to 2015.

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