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Yearbook 1997

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. According to Countryaah, the 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.

1997 Mauritius

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 himself.

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 president.

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 opposition.

 

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