December 2014 \ Cover Story \ Cover Story - Elections in Mauritius

By Sayantan Chakravarty

Mr Navinchandra Ramgoolam casts his vote

In addition to 62 contested seats, the commission will allocate eight more to ensure adequate representation. In voting that took place on December 10, 74 percent of the eligible 936,975 voters cast ballots. Mauritius' opposition celebrated victory the very next day with the outgoing PM accepting defeat after voters rejected his proposals to boost presidential powers. Counting still continued as Mr Ramgoolam announced he was stepping down.

In a victory speech broadcast on national television, standing alongside other smiling leaders of his centre-right Alliance Lepep coalition, Mr Jugnauth said, "As promised, I will do everything so that there is a second economic miracle in the country."

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