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Sir Anerood Jugnauth


Sir Anerood Jugnauth is a former Prime Minister and current President of Mauritius.

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Sir Anerood Jugnauth , KCMG, QC, born March 29, 1930, is the current President and former Prime Minister of Mauritius. He also served as Prime Minister from 1982 to 1995, and later in 2000.

Sir Anerood trained and worked in law and took an active role in the 1960s negotiations for independence. He was called to the Bar in London in 1954, but his political career began with his being elected in the Constituency of Riviere Du Rempart in 1963. He was the President of the Palma Village council in 1964 and in 1965 he joined the All Mauritius Hindu Congress. He also attended the London Constitutional Conference on Mauritius in 1965, and was State Minister of Development in the Government of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam in 1965-66 and the Minister of Labour from 1966 to 1967. He founded the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) party in 1983, and was elected as the Prime Minister in 1982 for the first time, again in 1983, and for the third time from 1991 to 1995.

He has been a torch-bearer of democratic aspirations in Mauritius, expressing his country's readiness to establish strong economic ties, particularly in creating technology-based projects with high economic feasibility. Jugnauth is credited with the legacy of Mauritius’ "economic miracle" of the 1980s - a set of liberal policies such as the creation of a duty-free trade zone and establishing Mauritius as a leader in textiles production - which allowed the island to develop into an economic powerhouse in the region.

In 2003, he handed the leadership of his party to his son Pravind Jugnauth announcing that "he had reached the end of this road." Anerood Jugnauth's announcement marked the end of a colourful chapter in Mauritian politics. sir Anerood Jugnauth was promoted to the rank of Knight by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1980, and was also honoured with Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards for his continued support for India’s causes and concerns, and for strengthening India’s relationship with Mauritius.

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Place of Origin: Mauritius

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