Mohamed Ould Ghazouani is the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
In 2008, Ghazouani served as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Mauritania, and in 2012 was named interim Head of State. He left these positions in 2018. The following year, in 2019, Ghazouani became the Defense Minister of Mauritania. As Defense Minister, he became a candidate for President, was elected with 52.01% of the votes cast, and on August 1 2019, sworn in as the 9th President of Mauritania.