PM steps down for son

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PORT LOUIS: The son of the out­go­ing Mau­ri­tius prime min­is­ter was ap­pointed as the new pre­mier yes­ter­day, prompt­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of nepo­tism and calls for a ref­er­en­dum from op­po­nents.

Anerood Jug­nauth, 86, who has been in his post since 2014, the lat­est of sev­eral terms at the helm, an­nounced on Satur­day he would step down in favour of his son and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravind Jug­nauth, 55. Pres­i­dent Ameenah Fir­daus Gurib-Fakim, who holds a largely cer­e­mo­nial role on the Is­land, said Pravind Jug­nauth had been is­sued with a let­ter of ap­point­ment as the new prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day. – Reuters

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