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So some respectable dodo in Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. 'We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.'

H.G. Wells:'The War of the Worlds.'

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With parliamentary elections due in 2015 strategic political manoeuvring began as far back as 2011 when Pravind Jugnauth and his Mouvement Socialiste Mauricien (MSM) (Mauritian Socialist Movement) withdrew from the governing coalition. There were allegations of corruption, which he denied, saying the move was politically motivated. Nevertheless, he was charged by the independent Commission against Corruption. This move was followed in March 2012 by the resignation of President Sir Aneerood Jugnauth, who just happens to be Pravind Jugnauth’s father. Sir Aneerood cited concerns with the state of the economy and law and order as his reasons for resigning. He was soon back in politics, taking over the leadership of the MSM and forming a coalition with the Mouvement Militant Mauricien (MMM) (Mauritian Militant Movement), the largest opposition party.


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- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republic of Mauritius
Head of State: President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (from 5 June 2015)
Head of government: Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth (from 17 December 2014)
Ruling party: Alliance Lepep (Alliance of the People) led by Mouvement Socialiste Militant (MSM) (Militant Socialist Movement), with Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate (PMSD) (Mauritian Social Democratic Party) and Muvman Liberater (ML)
Area: 1,865 square km
Population: 1.26 million (2014)* (1,286,051; 2011, initial census result)
Capital: Port Louis
Official language: English and French
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MR) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: MR35.17 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$10,517 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.24% (2014)*
GDP: US$13.24 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 581,000 (2010)
Unemployment: 7.80% (2014)*
Inflation: 2.96% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$2.25 billion (2014)
* estimated figure

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