Mauritanians Vote Despite Boycotts

Mauritania has held its first general elections since a military coup five years ago, but most opposition parties staged a boycott.

About 1,500 candidates from 74 parties competed for 147 seats in parliament and the leadership of 218 local councils.

The ruling Union for the Republic, headed by Mauritania’s leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, is expected to retain power.

A once-outlawed Islamist party, Tewassoul, participated in the Saturday vote and is expected to enter parliament…