Mauritius. In June, Deputy Prime Minister Paul Raymond
Bérenger was dismissed by Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam.
The dismissal meant that the government coalition between
Bérenger's party Mouvement Militant Mauritius (MMM) and
Ramgoolam's Mauritius Labor Party (MLP) was dissolved.
coalition had ruled the country since the December 1995
elections and the conflict between the two government
parties had been going on for a long time.
In July, a new government was formed, consisting solely
of members of the MLP.
President Jugnauth's Militant Socialist Movement entered
a coalition with the Mauritian Labor Party up to the May
2010 parliamentary elections. The coalition won the election
and won 45 of Parliament's 69 seats.
Jugnauth resigned from the presidential post on March 30,
2012. As a reason, he indicated disagreement with the rest
of his cabinet. The post was temporarily taken over by Vice
President Agnès Monique Ohsan Bellepeau. In July, Parliament
appointed Kailash Purryag as new president.
The December 2014 parliamentary elections became a
landslide victory for the Lepep alliance, passing 34 seats
to 51, giving it the absolute majority in the 70-seat
parliament. The PTR-MMM alliance lost 18 and had to settle
for 16 mandates. Even former Prime Minister Navin Rangoolam
lost his seat in parliament. The MSM's Anerood Jugnauth
subsequently formed government and became prime minister
In February 2015, the country marked the 180th
anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the country.
In March 2015, the International Arbitration Court handed
down its full and final ruling in the case, which Mauritius
had brought before it in 2010. The reason was that the
United Kingdom had unilaterally declared a large marine area
around Diego Garcia (Chagos archipelago) for "protected
marine area". Mauritius had for decades tried to get the
islands back, Britain robbed of the country in 1965, and the
court granted Mauritius the right of Britain's unilateral
incorporation of the sea area around Chagos to be illegal.
President Purryag resigned in agreement with the
government in May 2015, handing over the post to Ameenah
Gurib Fakim. She became the country's first female
In January 2017, Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
resigned. He was succeeded in the post by his son, Pravind
Jugnauth. He had been Minister of Information Technology
since 2014. The son's appointment sparked protests from the