Mauritius president to resign over alleged credit card  scandal




Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, has said the Mauritian President, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim would resign after she was accused of using a credit card issued by an international Non-Governmental Organisation to buy clothes and jewellery, on Friday.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

The prime minister said that the president would resign after the March 12 celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary.

However, he did not comment on the row over credit card expenditure, had

previously said that everyone involved would shoulder his or her responsibility when asked about the issue by reporters.

The female president had denied any wrongdoing, saying she had refunded the money in question.

“I do not owe anything to anybody. Why is this issue coming up now almost a year later on the eve of our independence day celebrations,” she said in a March 7 speech.

The local L’express newspaper reported that the president had shopped in Italy and Dubai using a credit card issued by Planet Earth Institute. The organisation supports education by offering scholarships, and the president served there as unpaid director.

The newspaper reported that the card was to promote a doctorate programme named after the president.



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