The government of Mauritius designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Indian Ocean island nation’s new president, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position. Former president Kailash Purryag, who had been put in place by the previous government, stepped down as the island’s figurehead on 29th May. He had served as president since July 2012, when he was appointed by the island’s previous Labour party government of former premier Navin Ramgoolam. About Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Gurib-Fakim, 56, will be the first female president of the island, which gained independence from Britain in 1968 and which replaced Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in 1992. Source: The Times Of India
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