Mauritius. In March, Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
announced that Finance Minister Vishnu Lutchmeenaraido has
expressed a desire to leave his office for health reasons.
countryaah, Lutchmeenaraido was said to suffer from fatigue syndrome due
to excessive workload. Jugnauth temporarily took over the
post of finance minister, while Lutchmeenaraido was
appointed new foreign minister instead.
In May, the Prime Minister gave responsibility for the
Ministry of Finance to his son, Pravind Jugnauth. He has
previously been Minister of Finance 2003–05 and 2009–11, and
Minister responsible for, among other things, technology and
communication 2014–15. Pravind Jugnauth was allowed to leave
the post of finance minister in 2011 after being accused and
sentenced to court for having participated in a decision to
buy, by public funds, a private hospital in which his sister
was a partner. On the same day that he was again appointed
by the father to the Minister of Finance, Pravind Jugnauth
was released from the criminal charges by the Supreme Court.
In February, Mauritius and Seychelles agreed to set up a
joint headquarters with the task of handling issues related
to the Maskarenska ridge underwater plateau in the Indian
Ocean. The countries also agreed to hold a ministerial-level
meeting for the first time on the plateau issue.