Reproduced from Bloomberg Business Week :
Mauritius’s opposition alliance swept to victory in parliamentary elections, thwarting plans by the outgoing coalition to change the constitution.
The Mouvement Socialiste Militant and Parti Mauricien Social Democrate, or MSM-PMSD, secured 47 out of 62 elected seats in the National Assembly, while the ruling Labour Party and its partner Mouvement Militant Mauricien got 13, according to official results from all constituencies announced in the capital, Port Louis, late yesterday.
MSM-PMSD leader Anerood Jugnauth, a former president and premier, will return to serve a fourth term as prime minister. The 84-year-old said at a press conference after the results were announced that his new administration will face a “tough job” because all sectors of the economy are in “bad health.”
The MSM-PMSD pledged during the campaign to transform Mauritius into a hub for manufacturing, introduce a minimum wage, and boost economic growth to 6 percent a year.
The Labour-MMM alliance, led by outgoing Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and MMM leader Paul Berenger, had vowed to push through constitutional changes giving greater power to the now-ceremonial role of president.
The result shows Mauritian voters rejected the plan, Dan Maraye, an analyst and former governor at the Bank of Mauritius, said by phone.
Jugnauth has argued that Ramgoolam, who lost his parliamentary seat in the election, and Berenger were seeking personal benefit from the proposed changes.
Mauritius has a population of 1.3 million people and its $12 billion economy relies on sugar and textile exports, tourism and financial services. It’s ranked the best run African nation in the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance and the most competitive economy on the continent in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report.