Scandal-tainted Mauritius president resigns: lawyer

Scandal-tainted Mauritius president resigns: lawyer

Scandal-tainted Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has resigned, according to her lawyer. "She does not want to see the population and economy suffer". It also follows only a day after Jugnauth said that a commission of inquiry appointed by the president into how her bank records were leaked and into an Angolan businessman and his dealings with regulators is in violation of the constitution.

Gurib-Fakim's resignation letter had been sent to the speaker of parliament and she will leave office on March 23, Mohamed added.

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced earlier this month that Gurib-Fakim had agreed to resign, with a date set for her departure after last Monday's ceremony celebrating the Indian Ocean archipelago nation's 50 years of independence.

March 17 (ANI): Tainted by a personal expenses-related scandal, Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who was the first and only female head of a state in Africa, resigned from office on Saturday.

Fakim, a famed biodiversity scientist, was accused of using a credit card, given to her by an NGO, Planet Earth Institute.

The presidency said that in May 2016, she received a credit card from PEI to pay for travel and logistical expenses linked to her role but inadvertently used it for unrelated personal expenses.

But on Saturday, just days after she rejected any idea of resigning, her lawyer Yusuf Mohamed told local media she would be stepping down. Gurib-Fakim, who took the post in June 2015, was not pressured to leave office, he said.

The report alleged that Gurib-Fakim had spent thousands of dollars on the card on clothing and luxury items. In September, Attorney General Ravi Yerrigadoo stepped down to allow an investigation into allegations of money-laundering.

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