ANEROOD JUGNAUTH SWEEPS TO POWER
Supporters of Anerood Jugnauth march through the streets of Mauritius celebrating his victory at the December polls
Labour, led by Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam, and its ally the Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) had called for power to be apportioned between the president, now a largely ceremonial post, and the premier, who currently holds sway. "The population has rejected the plan of our opponents to amend the constitution," said Mr Jugnauth, 84, adding that "had this materialized, it would have been a catastrophe for the country." The MSM-PMSD said the changes would have unsettled the Indian Ocean island nation, one of Africa's most stable democracies since gaining independence from Britain in 1968.