Politics

In our second installment we examine Somalia, Djibouti, Seychelles and Madagascar. While politics takes centre stage in most of these countries economic development is gathering steam and donning on a new sheen in the western Indian Ocean region. Mega infrastructure projects, redefinition of geo-diplomacy and the fervor of national interests placated by people-friendly initiatives are emerging as newer paradigms of change in the region. Next week we pan our coverage to bring in Mauritius, Iran, India, Oman, Yemen, Australia, Eritrea, Maldives, Singapore and Sri Lanka to connect the commerce and cultural dots that intrinsically bond this uniquely positioned region. We…
What do we expect of 2017? The year is still fresh and plenty lies in store for this region. Is the Western Indian Ocean region expecting much change? Here at the IOO, our expert team has spent the last three months sifting through political, social, economic and environmental developments and trends within the Western Indian Ocean. The result is the “IOO Western Indian Ocean Perspectives 2017”. For the next three weeks we will share our findings on how the region is likely to react and respond in this year. Our analysis covers the recent past and delves on the expectations…
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.
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