Mauritius is told it has a new Prime Minister


Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth resigned his post yesterday and was replaced immediately by his son Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. The handover of power has been controversial because there does not appear to have been any election or selection process for the new prime minister who was finance minister. The opposition has vowed to hold demonstrations across the island.

The formal announcement as published on the government website, with some ministerial changes, is as follows:

“Pravind Kumar Jugnauth sworn in as Prime Minister of Mauritius

Date: January 24, 2017
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS – 24 January 2017: Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth was sworn in as Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius yesterday afternoon at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall, Government House in Port Louis. The Swearing-In Ceremony of the Prime Minister and Ministers was held in the presence of the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Mrs Ameena Gurib-Fakim, and other eminent personalities.
Earlier in the morning, Sir Anerood Jugnauth tendered his resignation letter as Prime Minister to the President of the Republic at the State House, Réduit. Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth received his letter of appointment as the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development from the hands of the President of the Republic of Mauritius yesterday morning.

After the Swearing-In Ceremony, the new Prime Minister inspected the Guard of Honour of the Mauritius Police Force in front of the Government House.

The new Cabinet comprises three newly appointed ministers. They are Mr Eddy Boissézon, Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms; Mr Purmanund Jhugroo, Minister of Local Government and Outer Islands; and Mr Stephan Toussaint, Minister of Youth and Sports.

Sir Anerood Jugnauth has been appointed Minister Mentor, Minister of Defence and Minister for Rodrigues.”

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