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

By Sayantan Chakravarty

Debate over constitutional reform -- notably over a divisive proposal to strengthen presidential powers -- made the polls one of the most crucial since the country gained independence from Britain in 1968. Mr Jugnauth said he had won as voters had "felt the danger" of the change. Mr Ramgoolam who had wanted to run for the presidency had he won, lost even his own parliamentary seat he had held since 1991. He bowed to the people’s mandate saying that the elections were carried out with respect to democracy. "The electorate has made its choice, I humbly accept its decision,” Mr Ramgoolam said on national radio, speaking in Mauritius' Creole language.

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