Messaoud Ould Boulkheir has been elected speaker of Mauritania's national assembly for a period of five years.
During the election which was held Thursday, Boulkheir garnered 91 votes out of the total 95 votes in the national assembly. There were two more candidates running for the same position, namely Babah Ould Ahmed Baou and El Arabi Ould Jideyne.
Boulkheir, who heads the Popular Progressive Alliance (APP), a party with five representatives in the national assembly, was one of the candidates during the first round of Mauritanian presidential elections, which were held on March 11, 2006. He obtained 10 percent of all the valid votes cast to take the fourth position.
During the second round of these presidential elections, Boulkheir supported Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdellahi, who went on to win the elections and become president of the country.
On the same day, Ba Mamadou also known as M'Bare was elected speaker of the country's senate by obtaining 40 votes against 11 for his rival, Ahmed Saloum Ould Bakar. Mauritania's senate has 52 members.