Mauritius’s First Female President to Quit After Using Charity Money for Shopping Spree

This story was first reported by Bloomberg:

Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will step down from office following allegations she spent money from a charity on a shopping trip in Dubai. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

In comments broadcast from Port Louis-based Radio Plus, Jugnauth said: “At her request, I met her at the State House yesterday. I met her again this morning. She said that she will resign. We agreed on the date.” Gurib-Fakim will step down following celebrations to mark Mauritius’s 50th independence anniversary.

Gurib-Fakim is alleged to have used a credit card given to her by Planet Earth Institutie, an NGO linked to Angolan businessman and philanthropist Dr. Alvaro Sobrinho, to purchase more than $21,000 worth of duty-free items in Dubai. She is also said to have bought jewelry in late 2016 and spent more during trips to Sweden, England, India and Italy. Gurib-Fakim has said that she has since paid back all the money spent.

Her’s is only the latest high-level political resignation in Mauritius. In November, former Deputy Prime Minister Showkutally Soodhun resigned after making inappropriate comments, and earlier in September, Attorney General Ravi Yerrigadoo stepped down due allegations of money-laundering.


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