Mauritania’s president has declared 3 days of national mourning following the death of former military junta leader Ely Ould Mohamed Vall.
Mohamed Vall led a junta that ruled the country between 2005 and 2007.
Family sources told AFP he was ill and died of heart attack on Friday.
Vall served as the head of a transition government that handed over power to Mauritania’s first democratically elected president Sidi Ould Chiekh Abdallahi.
Despite leading a 2005 coup against dictator Maaouiya Ould Taya, Vall kept a promise to step aside for elections 2 years later.
He was a longtime critic of current president Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz after the incumbent removed Cheikh Abdallahi from power in a separate 2008 coup.