Kailash Purryag is no more the President of the Republic. He had submitted his letter of resignation to the Speaker of the National Speaker, Maya Hanoomanjee, after 14h00 today. His resignation took effect minutes ago, at 18h00.
Kailash Purryag explains in an official communiqué that he has resigned by virtue of an agreement contracted with the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, on the 29th of January 2015. It was planned for him to leave the post of President at the end of May 2015.
In his communiqué, he has thanked the Mauritian population for their support for the 3 years that he has been the President of the country.
Now, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will succeed him, as was promised by Alliance Lepep after the general elections 2014. A special session will be held at the National Assembly on the 1st of June for her election.
She might take the oath as the President of Mauritius on the 3rd of June. She will thus become the first woman to hold the prestigious post. She will also be the first president not to have participated in active politics in Mauritius.
Commenting on the recent turn of events, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim admits that she had not expected for the procedures to happen so rapidly. She states that she intends to prepare herself psychologically to live up to the challenge. She wishes to bring discipline and the scientific rigour she has acquired over the years through her career to the post of president.