MOHAMED OULD ABDEL AZIZ
Islamic Republic of Mauritania
His Excellency Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, was born on December 20, 1956. A career soldier and high-ranking officer, he joined the Royal Military Academy of Mekness, Morocco in 1977 and, after a string of promotions, established the elite BASEP (Presidential Security Battalion). He received Mauritania’s highest military award for his role in stopping the 2004 uprising.