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Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya has been the president of Mauritania, a sub-Saharan country that is yet to have its first change of power without a coup.
Veiled women and men in flowing robes have voted in Mauritania's presidential election after the brief detention of the main opposition candidate on suspicion of plotting to take power by force.
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