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Mauritius: The Mauritian political chessboard in full swing




Photo LE Defi Quotidien
Photo LE Defi Quotidien
After the divorce consumed between the two main parties of opposition between the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) and the Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM) in late April, it is the turn of the leader of the PMSD (Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate), Xavier-Luc Duval, and Minister of finance to have slammed the door on Friday afternoon the door Government Ptr-PMSD in power since 2010.
 
 
The PMSD leader, Xavier-Luc Duval, has resigned following the announcement of a possible alliance between the Labour party of Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and Paul Bérenger MMM in the wake of future electoral reform and advent of a second republic with a presidential election a ballot.
 
The adoption by the parliamentarians of the electoral and constitutional reform would thus have led to a dissolution of the National Assembly and the holding of legislative elections in the wake.
 
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam decided to retrieve the ministerial leathe of the finance and economic departmental after the resignation of Xavier-Luc Duval, as reported in the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.
 
Then, the two leaders, Navin Ramgoolam and Paul Bérenger, even held a joint press conference on Saturday, before the central Committee of the MMM announced a few hours later that the option of alliance with the Labour Party was no longer topical for the moment due to disagreement over the timing of elections and institutional reform that the MMM wanted to vote before that voters are called to the polls.
 
The central Committee of MMM said his intention to leave alone in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
 
Thus, the Labour government alone in power has only a one-seat majority in the National Assembly, with 35 members supporting it against 34 opponents in a political scheme that could evolve further in the coming days or weeks with noises in the wings that already evoked again a PTr-MMM alliance or a motion of no confidence in the National Assembly to bring down the Labour government.

As a reminder, the electoral reform and the introduction of a threshold of proportional representation as well as the concept of second Republic and the amendment to the Constitution to no longer be obliged for election candidates not to state their ethnicity (Hindu, Muslim, Sino-Mauritian population) must obtain the approval of three quarters of the deputies to be adopted.



Fabrice François


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