Politics

By Malik Hossain and Wanjohi Kabukuru[Victoria, Seychelles] After 12 years in power President James Alix Michel is leaving State House, Seychelles and relinquishing his presidency on October 16th 2016. President Michel’s move has caught many by surprise given that he is just about to complete 10 months in his third and final mandate as head of state and government of Seychelles. The outgoing leader has already served two five-year terms. Seychelles President James Michel is leaving office after 12 years as leader of the Indian ocean Island nation [Image: SHS] “I am leaving the Office of the President with a…
By Nasseem Ackbarally [Agalega, Mauritius] Some 1,122km north of Mauritius, lies two small islands. The islands cover an area of 70 sq km which is estimated to be around 2600 hectares of land separated by an immense bank of sand of about a kilometre, serenaded with coconut trees. Map of Agalega [Image Credit: MT]This is Agalega with a population of about 300 people, mostly of African descent, and who for generations have been cut off from the mainland Mauritius. A hundred of them work in the coconut plantations that belong to the government of Mauritius. They produce 250 drums of…
By Nasseem Ackbarally[Port Louis, Mauritius] On JUNE 5th 2015, the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius made history when Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became its first woman President. The election of Gurib-Fakim who is a scientist was necessitated by the May 29th 2015 resignation of President Rajkeswur Purryag. Gurib-Fakim now becomes the 6th person to ever hold this post since Mauritius become a Republic in March 1992. This election constitutes a major milestone in the island's journey towards greater gender parity and women empowerment. In his statement to the Parliament on June 4, 2015, while presenting the motion for the election of…
By Nasseem Ackbarally[Port Louis, Mauritius] - The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, chaired by Judge Ivan Shearer, and sitting in Istanbul, Turkey, unanimously held on 20 March 2015 that the “marine protected area” (MPA) in the Indian Ocean which the United Kingdom (UK) purported to declare around the Chagos Archipelago in April 2010 violates international law.
By Bob Gumbe[Maputo, Mozambique] Afonso Dhlakama who is the leader of Mozambique’s main opposition party, Renamo, has a new game-plan that is likely to cause anxiety in Maputo. The Renamo boss is now demanding that the Assembly of the Republic (Mozambique’s parliament) accepts his “autonomous provinces” ideal.
By Bob Gumbe[Maputo, Mozambique] Carlos Agostinho do Rosario is the new premier of Mozambique. He leads the top team that President Felipe Nyussi unveiled two days after his inauguration. President Nyussi kept his campaign pledge of reducing the 19-member cabinet that President Guebuza had kept. The new cabinet has 13 members.
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