Opposition developments

01, Sep 2014 / MAURITIUS / 161 Words

Keesing’s Record of World Events (Formerly Keesing’s Contemporary Archives 1931-2014)
Volume 60 (2014), Issue No. 9 (September), Page 53554

The main opposition Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) confirmed on Sept. 14 that it was entering into an electoral alliance with the ruling Mauritius Labour Party (MLP). If the powerful new alliance—the PTR-MMM, which controlled a comfortable legislative majority—won elections constitutionally required by May 2015, as was widely anticipated, it was expected to adopt a series of constitutional and electoral reforms that would move Mauritius from a system of parliamentary democracy towards presidential governance. If adopted, the reforms were also expected to result in incumbent Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam becoming the island’s president—with greater powers than the current, largely ceremonial presidential post—and Paul Berenger, who resigned as the MMM leader to join the new alliance on Sept. 14, becoming prime minister.

The formation of the new alliance also meant that Pravind Jugnauth, a former finance minister (2010-11) and the leader of the Mauritian Socialist Movement (MSM), on Sept. 15 assumed the post of leader of the opposition.

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