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Mauritius Prime Minister Dissolves Parliament To Pave Way For November General Election

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth on Sunday dissolved the parliament saying that a general election is scheduled to be held on the Indian Ocean Island next month, reported Reuters.

“I have advised the president of the republic to dissolve Parliament and to issue the writ for general elections,” the prime minister said in a video statement, adding that voting would take place on November 7.

Mauritius, a popular tourist destination and one of Africa’s most stable nations, holds elections every five years, with the last one in 2014. As per laws, the country has between 30 and 150 days to organize elections after the prime minister dissolves parliament.

Jugnauth, 57, will seek another term as leader of the Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM). He has served as prime minister since 2017 when he took over from his father, Anerood Jugnauth. He is also the finance minister.

Earlier this month, the Mauritius prime minister and his counterpart from India Narendra Modi jointly inaugurated two landmark projects in Mauritius through video conference. PM Modi inaugurated phase-1 of Mauritius Metro Express and a new ENT Hospital in the country.

Designed and constructed by Indian Engineering and construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the integrated light rail-based Urban Transit System will initially operate for 13 km from the capital city of Port Louis to Rose Hill. L&T had bagged the contract from the Government of Mauritius in 2017.

Caroline Finnegan

A professionnal journalist for the past ten years, I cover global news and economic affairs for The Chief Observer.

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