Mauritius. On February 5, a local parliamentary election
was held on the island of Rodrigues, which belongs to
Mauritius and is located about 60 km east of the main
island. Rodrigues People's Organization (OPR) took home 11
of the 21 seats in the local parliament, Rodrigues Movement
(MR) won 8 and Rodrigues Patriotic Front (FPR) got two
seats. The turnout was approximately 81%.
countryaah, Anerood Jugnauth resigned in March from the ceremonial
post of president. He said he wanted to return to party
politics and that he intended to challenge the incumbent
government with Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam in the lead.
After his departure, Jugnauth switched to the largest
opposition party, the Mauritanian militant movement (MMM).
He then became leader of a newly formed alliance between MMM
and the ruling party Militant Socialist Movement (MSM). The
presidential post was first temporarily taken over by
Parliament's President, Agnès Monique Ohsan-Bellepeau, and
in July Parliament elected Rajkeswur Purryag as new
In June, Mauritius Prime Minister Ramgoolam and Britain's
Prime Minister David Cameron signed an agreement that gives
Mauritius the right to prosecute suspected pirates arrested
by the British Navy. According to Cameron, the agreement was
an important step in the fight against the Somali pirates
raging in the Indian Ocean. Trials in the region have become
possible in recent years. In the past, suspected pirates
were released because it was unclear where they would be
brought to justice. The first pirates were convicted in 2010
in Seychelles, another island nation in the Indian Ocean.