Moktar Ould Daddah
Summary: the first president of Mauritania, a country in the African desert which became independent from France in 1960, who served three terms beginning in 1961 before being ousted in a coup in 1978, who spent many years in exile in France after the coup, and who had recently completed his memoirs entitled Mauritania, Against All Odds.
Cause of Death: Lengthy illness
Born: December 25, 1924
Died: October 14, 2003
Location: Paris, France