Re-elected Mauritius president makes economy pledge

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Port Louis – After his re-election in a poll accepted by
regional observers and some of his rivals, Mauritian Prime Minister
Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, has pledged to grow and diversify the island
country’s economy.

He pledged to address wealth imbalances after the weekend’s victory of
the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM).

Of the 62 seats, the MSM won 38.

Turnout for the election was 76,84 percent, a 2 percent increase from
the 2014 elections.

“I have obtained a clear mandate to continue to work towards progress
and development in this country," Jugnauth (57) said.

He is entitled to a new five-year term.

Formerly the Prime Minister, Jugnauth, had earlier succeeded his father,
Anerood Jugnauth, in 2017.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional electoral
observer mission, led by Zimbabwe's foreign minister, Sibusiso Moyo,
declared the Mauritian poll as peaceful, free, fair and professionally
organised.

“All polling stations were accessible to all voters including people
with disabilities and these voters were given priority except at one
polling station. Voter education materials, such as posters were posted
outside all polling stations except for two," Moyo told media here in
Port Louis recently.

Paul Bérenger, opposition Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) leader,
whose party garnered nine seats, said he would accept the election outcome
to ensure peace, democracy and rule of law prevailed in the Southern
African country.

“I will ask everybody to respect the results without bitterness. Let us
put Mauritius first," Bérenger pleaded.

Mauritius, with a population of 1,3 million people, has an economy
heavily reliant on agriculture, exports, financial services and tourism.

The Indian Ocean island nation, which is being hailed as an investment
destination of choice owing to its enviable democratic history, enjoys
foreign direct investment of 10,68 billion Rupees (US$295 million) in
the past six months, up from MUR 8,84 billion (Mauritian rupees) in the
same period last year.

- CAJ News

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