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Africa's only female head of state resigns amid financial misconduct claims

18 March 2018, 01:21 | Bernice Figueroa

Scandal-tainted Mauritius president Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns

Mauritius President agrees to step down on March 23 over shopping expenses scandal

Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigned on Saturday, AFP quoted her lawyer as saying.

It had previously been reported that the president would resign following the allegations.

"She does not want to see the population and economy suffer".

It also follows only a day after Mr Jugnauth said that a commission of inquiry appointed by the president into how her bank records were leaked and into an Angolan businessman and his dealings with regulators is in violation of the Constitution. "Why is this issue coming up now nearly a year later on the eve of our independence day celebrations", she said on March 7, Reuters news agency reported.

Her resignation is effective on March 23. "In the country's best interests she has chose to leave", the lawyer said, commenting on the head of state decision.

In a response to that announcement, the office of Gurib-Fakim, whose role as president is mostly ceremonial, released a statement detailing that she would remain in office.


Ms Gurib-Fakim's resignation adds to a list of top-ranking government officials on the Indian Ocean island nation who have stepped down for alleged corruption and improper behaviour.

According to the paper, she was given the card for serving as the NGO's unpaid director and it was to be used to pay for the promotion of a doctorate programme named after the president.

However it was not just the expenditure that provoked anger in Mauritius, but the president's association with Angolan billionaire Alvaro Sobrinho who helped found the PEI and is himself being investigated in Switzerland and Portugal for suspected fraud.

Facing pressure from the opposition, Gurib-Fakim resigned shortly afterward from her role at the PEI.

In 2017 he received permission to open an investment bank in Mauritius, prompting allegations of favouritism on his behalf.



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