It seems that the President of the Republic, Kailash Purryag, will soon resign from the post. If so, what has motivated his decision? Has he been coerced to leave, or is it his very own personal decision? Either way, if he is to resign soon, he will not complete his mandate that is meant to end in 2017. He has not himself confirmed the news, but the management of the PTr has affirmed that his resignation is imminent.
Kailash Purryag became the President of the Republic on the 21st of July 2012, after the resignation of Sir Anerood Jugnauth. He has now apparently decided to himself resign before the end of his presidential term in 2017. The management of the PTr has confirmed that his resignation is imminent.
Nothing has been made official though. The Speaker of the National Assembly states having received no correspondence from the president.
After the general elections, Alliance Lepep had announced that Ameenah Gurib-Fakim would be the next President; but, that would only happen at the end of the term of Kailash Purryag. At that time, Kailash Purryag had indicated that his mandate would end in 2017, and had shown no sign of imminent resignation.
Ivan Collendaveloo had commented on the situation in the past. He is reported to have said in a statement that had he been in the shoes of Kailash Purryag, he would have left the post, because Alliance Lepep had already chosen the next president.
What has happened now for the President to change his mind? The rumour that the PTr has communicated to him their need for someone of his calibre amongst them might be close to the truth. Perhaps, he is leaving to join the PTr, which has found itself in a delicate situation ever since its leader, Navin Ramgoolam, has been entangled in police cases.
As for the future president, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, she has not made any comment on the current circumstances. Nor has Ivan Collendavelloo added anything, in spite of the clear statement he made some time ago; he explained that he will not say anything before the news has been made official. He is reported to have commented on the existence of the rumours though: “Cependant, je ne dis pas que ce sont des rumeurs infondées”.