Nouakchott, Mauritania - Mohamed Ould Boilil, member of the ruling Union for the Republic (UPR), has been elected the new president of Mauritania's chamber of Deputies for a five-year term, PANA learnt here Thursday from official sources.
Boilil was elected by the majority votes in the first round of polls, beating two other candidates -- Mohamed Ghoulam Ould Hadj Cheikh from the opposition National Rally for Reform and Development (RNRD-Tawassoul), and Mustapha Ould Abdel Aziz, member of Al-Karama, which is pro-UPR.
Boilil represents the Keur Macene region, located in the South Western Mauritania.
Prior to the election, Boilil has occupied various posts as civil administration and governor under former president Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya before being elected member of parliament for the opposition Rally of Democratic Forces ((RFD) between 2006 and 2009.
He was also Internal Affairs minister under the current regime of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, between August 2009 and June 2013.