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Mauritius president resigns amid financial misconduct claims

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim


The president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, Africa's only female head of state, has resigned amid a financial scandal.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Gurib-Fakim submitted her resignation in the "national interest", her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed told reporters yesterday, according to local news reports. Her resignation is effective on March 23.

It has been alleged that Gurib-Fakim made personal purchases with a credit card provided by an NGO, whose Angolan founder has sought to do business in Mauritius and is under investigation for alleged fraud in Portugal.

Gurib-Fakim said early last week that she would not resign as she had "inadvertently" used the credit card from the London-based Planet Earth Institute for "out-of-pocket" expenses of about $27,000, and that she had refunded the money.

But by Saturday she had changed her mind.