Mauritius Prime Minister Kumar Jugnauth re-elected for five-year term
Port Louis - Mauritius has re-elected Prime Minister Pravind
Kumar Jugnauth for a second five-year term, the electoral commission
said Friday, just over a month after a November 7 poll.
The 57-year-old leader of the Militant Socialist Movement secured 38
of 62 parliamentary seats, while main rivals Navinchandra Ramgoolam
of the Labour Party and Mauritian Militant Movement leader Paul
Berenger won 13 and 9 seats, respectively.
Jugnauth was contesting his first election since taking over as prime
minister from his father, Anerood Jugnauth, in 2017.
The younger Jugnauth has won over voters with his achievements,
including the introduction of a minimum wage and the ongoing
construction of a light rail system. He has promised to raise
pensions and promote inclusive growth.
Both Ramgoolam and Berenger are former prime ministers as well.
The nation of 1.3 million people, which pitches itself as a bridge
between Africa and Asia, depends on financial services, tourism and
manufacturing sectors for its revenues.
Mauritius, which lies about 2,000 kilometres east of Mozambique, is a
popular tourist destination and one of Africa's most stable