Mauritius has re-elected Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth for a second five-year term, the electoral commission said Friday. Picture: Reuters
Mauritius has re-elected Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth for a second five-year term, the electoral commission said Friday. Picture: Reuters

Mauritius Prime Minister Kumar Jugnauth re-elected for five-year term

By Jean Paul Arouff, Kristin Palitza Time of article published Nov 8, 2019

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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

countries.

DPA

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