Mauritius’ first woman President

The government of Mauritius recently designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the new President, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position.

  • Gurib-Fakim is an internationally-renowned scientist and biologist.
  • She will be the first female president of the island, which gained independence from Britain in 1968 and which replaced Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in 1992.

Quick facts:

  • The President of the Republic of Mauritius is the Head of State of the Republic of Mauritius and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Mauritius.
  • The minimum age of the President shall be 40 years and should have resided in Mauritius for at least 5 years immediately preceding the election.
  • The President shall be elected by the National Assembly on a motion made by the Prime Minister and supported by the votes of a majority of all the members Assembly.
  • The term of office is 5 years and the President shall be eligible for re-election.
  • Mauritius is a parliamentary republic, and the President functions as a ceremonial figurehead, elected by the National Assembly as set out by the Constitution of Mauritius.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.

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