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Indian-Origin Anerood Jugnauth Named Mauritius Prime Minister

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Former president and leader of the Alliance Lepep party, Anerood Jugnauth has been officially appointed Mauritius’ new prime minister.

The appointment came one day after the resignation of former prime minister Navin Ramgoolam who lost in the polls. Ramgoolam was serving his third term as the prime minister since 2005.

In recent elections, Jugnauth’s centre-right Alliance Lepep won 47 out of 62 seats in the Mauritius’ Parliament.

Previously, Mr. Jugnauth was PM of Mauritius between 1982 and 1995 and again between 2000 and 2003. He was President from 2003-2012. People of Indian origin comprise around 68 percent of Mauritius’s total population of over 1.3 million.