Mauritius PM expected to resign

Opposition parties say Anerood Jugnauth risks turning the successful Indian Ocean nation into a banana republic.

FILE: Anerood Jugnauth. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA – The Mauritian Prime Minister is resigning on Monday and handing power to his son.

But opposition parties say he risks turning the successful Indian Ocean nation into a banana republic.

Anerood Jugnauth first became Prime Minister of Mauritius in 1982.

His latest spell at the helm began three years ago, but the 86-year-old says it’s time for new blood.

He’s handing the baton to his son Pravind, who’s finance minister and leader of the island’s largest party, the Militant Socialist Movement.

He counters critics of the move saying Mauritius has a Westminster-style government where transferring power without holding an election is perfectly acceptable.

He cites the recent example of David Cameron stepping down as British Prime Minister for Theresa May.