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Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya

Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya became president of Mauritania by deposing Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah in a coup in 1984. He won an election in 1992, which was said by the opposition to be fradulent. In June 2003 he survived a coup attempt. On November 7, 2003 new elections were held, which were won by Ould Taya with 66.69% of the vote. The opposition again denounced the result as fradulent.

President Taya is also known by the Arabic transliteration of his name, Mu'awiya walad Sayyidi Ahmad Taya.