Mauritius

Opposition Alliance Lepep wins General Election


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The opposition Alliance Lepep (Alliance of the People) defied the opinion polls and was convincingly elected into office in the general election held on Wednesday (10th December).

The Alliance Lepep (Alliance of the People) which comprises the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM), Parti Mauricien Social DĂ©mocrate (PMSD), Mouvement Liberater (ML) and Mouvement Democratic National (MDN) won 47 of the 62 seats immediately elected to the 70 seat National Assembly. That leaves the opposition parties with 34 more seats than in the 2010 general election.

The result was contrary to opinion polls which suggested that the ruling Labour Party (MLP or PTR) and its allies would be re-elected to power. The election had largely been fought on a change to the constitution which would have seen Labour Prime Minister, Navinchandra Ramgoolam become a president with expanded powers, while Paul BĂ©renger, the leader of the Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM), would become the new Prime Minister.

The Labour Party (MLP or PTR) and the Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) coalition won just 13 seats down from 31 seats in 2010.

The Rodrigues People’s Organisation (OPR) won both seats allocated to the island of Rodrigues.

Alliance Lepep leader, Anerood Jugnauth (84), will become the new Prime Minister of Mauritius, a post he has held twice before (1982 to 1995 and 2000 to 2003). Jugnauth was also President from 2003 to 2012.

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