Mauritian president to quit after Independence Day celebrations

President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will resign after next week’s Independence Day celebrations, thus evading her impeachment by the government.

The announcement was made on Thursday by the island nation’s Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

Earlier, the government launched impeachment procedures to dismiss Ameenah, the country’s first female president.

The decision was arrived at during a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Jugnauth.

The president was accused of using a credit card issued by an international non-governmental organisation to buy clothes and jewellery.

“The president of the republic has told me that she will resign from her position,” Jugnauth said.

“We have agreed on the date but I will not announce it. The interest of the country comes first, and I am proud of Mauritius’ image as a model of living democracy in the world,” he added.

President Ameenah has been in office since June 2015.

If she resigns, the Mauritian president will be the third African leader to quit in 2018, and also the third African leader from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to have vacated office in under four months, after Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe (November 2017) and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma (February 2018).