Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mauritius: 24 new ministers sworn in

Totally 24 ministers on Wednesday were sworn in before the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Kailash Puryag.
Half of them are new faces in politics and have never held any political responsibility, but new Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth said he has full trust in them.
"The fact that many of them have never been a minister does not mean they will not be able to take up the challenge or are incompetent," he said after the swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Reduit, in the center part of the island.
The prime minister also ruled out any transition period for his new team.

He confirmed that ethnic considerations were taken before forming his cabinet.

"The constitution of Mauritius speaks about the protection of all ethnic communities. One should not be ashamed of speaking about it and yes it was taken into consideration on the setting up of the new government," Anerood Jugnauth said.
Vishnu Lutchmeenaraidoo, who was finance minister in the 1990s, has been appointed at the same post 24 years later after being sacked by the same Anerood Jugnauth.
"I have not yet taken cognizance of the state of the economy of the country," he underlined pressed by questions of the press but vows that all incentives promised in the electoral campaign will be fulfilled by the new government.

The first cabinet meeting is scheduled for this coming Friday and the first Parliamentary sessions have been fixed for next Monday.
-African Quarters

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