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Mauritius premier tightens hold on parliament

Mauritius Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth’s coalition has strengthened its grip on parliament after the country’s electoral commission finalised the outcome of the election in the Indian Ocean nation.

Jugnauth’s center-right Morisian Alliance won four more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 seats following Thursday’s vote, the commission said late Saturday.

Mauritius is predominantly Hindu and is divided into ethnic groups under the 1968 independence constitution to also reflect the sizeable Muslim minority, the Chinese and the “general population,” those of creole backgrounds or European origin.

While voters choose 62 Members of Parliament, the commission appoints eight others from those who attained the highest scores but were not elected directly.

Under this system, set up to rebalance the distribution of seats between parties and communities, the Morisian Alliance added four seats, the center-left National Alliance three and the Mauritian Militant Movement one.

That gave the National Alliance, led by two-time prime minister Navin Ramgoolam, a total of 17 seats. The MMM took nine seats.

Jugnauth’s victory has reinforced the legitimacy of a leader who took over from his father in 2017 without going through a vote. (AFP)

 

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