Mauritius president refuses to resign over scandal

Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Photo: AFP/Karel Prinsloo

PORT LOUIS - Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has refused to resign, vowing to fight allegations that saw her embroiled in a financial scandal, the presidency said in a statement Wednesday.

"Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, having nothing to feel guilty about and able to provide corroborating evidence, rejects any idea of resigning," read the statement.

It was issued less than a week after the prime minister announced she had agreed to step down.

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Pravind Jugnauth, the prime minister, told reporters last week Gurib-Fakim would resign after 12 March after the celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary.

Gurib-Fakim, a chemistry professor, was appointed to the largely ceremonial post in 2015, as the island nation’s first female president.

She denied any wrongdoing and refunded all the money in question.

Reuters

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