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Prime Minister of Mauritania

Zeine Ould Zeidane is a Mauritanian economist and politician.

Background

Zeidane, Zeine Ould was born in 1966 in Tamchekett, Mauritania.

Education

Born in Tamchekett, Zeidane studied in Nouakchott, then at the University of Nice in France.

Career

He placed third as a candidate in the March 2007 presidential election, and he subsequently served as Prime Minister from April 2007 to May 2008. He taught briefly at the University of Nice before returning to Mauritania, where he taught at the University of Nouakchott before entering banking. In 2000, he was posted to the World Bank, while he later served as economic counsel to the President of Mauritania, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.

On July 26, 2004, he was appointed by Taya as Governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania. He was virtually the only minister to maintain his post following the coup of August 2005, leaving the position in September 2006 because of his presidential candidacy. Zeidane announced his candidacy on December 18, 2006.

In the presidential election, which was held on March 11, 2007, he was the youngest candidate, standing as an independent. He took third place in the election with 15.28% of the votes cast. On March 17, Zeidane announced his support for Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in the second round of the election.

Zeidane took office on April 21. Zeidane's new government was named on April 28. It included 28 members and was composed of technocrats who were largely considered obscure figures.

Zeidane presented the resignation of his government on May 6, 2008. Abdallahi accepted the resignation and appointed Yahya Ould Ahmed El Waghef to succeed him on the same day.

Achievements

  • Abdallahi won the second round, held on March 25, and on April 20, one day after he took office as President, Abdallahi named Zeidane as Prime Minister.

Membership

Three of the ministers appointed were members of the People's Progressive Alliance (led by Messaoud Ould Boulkheir, another presidential candidate who backed Abdallahi in the second round).