The Parliament of Mauritius

Population 1,303,717 (est2011)
Seat of Parliament Port Louis
Date of Independence Mar 12 1968
Constitution Republic
CPA Branch Formed 1934
Voting Age 18
First Parliament
Local Information

Branch Profile Current constitution
1968, when Mauritius became independent within the Commonwealth. Amendments in 1992 created a republic, replacing the British sovereign as head of state. The National Assembly in November 2001 approved amendments giving autonomy to the island of Rodrigues.

Head of state and Executive
The head of state is a president, elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term.
The head of government is the prime minister, the leader of the majority party in parliament. The Council of Ministers is appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister.

The legislature is unicameral. The sole chamber, the National Assembly, has 62 directly elected members, plus up to eight (currently seven) 'best losers' in the general election (allocated with reference to candidates' votes received, party of allegiance and community: Hindu, Muslim, Sino-Mauritian or other). The members serve for a five-year term.
National Assembly (unicameral)

Principal parties
Labour Party (PTr); Mauritian Social Democrat Party (PMSD); Mauritian Socialist Movement (MSM); Militant Mauritian Movement (MMM); Muvman Liberater (ML, splinter from the MMM); Rodrigues Movement (MR); Rodrigues People's Organization (OPR).

Most recent elections
Presidential: 20 July 2012.


Rajkeswur Purryag of the PTr was elected president by parliament on 20 July 2012, and took office on 21 July. Sir Anerood Jugnauth, president from 2003 until 30 March 2012, had resigned over disagreements with the prime minister, leaving Monique Ohsan-Bellepeau as acting president.

Legislative: 10 December 2014.


Alliance Lepep (MSM + PMSD + ML) 51 seats; PTr + MMM 16 seats; OPR 2 seats.

The alliance of the PTr led by Navin Ramgoolam, the MSM led by Sir Anerood Jugnauth's son Pravind Jugnauth, and the PMSD, had won the 2005 and 2010 elections, but fragmented over the 2010-14 parliamentary term, leaving the PTr with a slender majority. The PTr allied with the MMM for the 2014 elections, but this bloc was overtaken by the Alliance Lepep, comprising the MSM, PMSD and the new ML, which had broken away from the MMM after it allied itself with the PTr. On Rodrigues, the OPR regained both seats from the MR.

Composition of government
PTr leader Navin Ramgoolam, prime minister from 1995 to 2000 and again from 2005, conceded defeat after the 2014 election and resigned on 13 December. MSM founder Sir Anerood Jugnauth, prime minister from 1982 to 1995 and again from 2000 to 2003 and president from 2003 to 2012, was officially designated to form the new government on 14 December and was sworn in with his new cabinet three days later.
Island of Rodrigues
The island of Rodrigues has a Regional Assembly, first opened on 15 October 2002, and is governed by a chief commissioner and chief executive. Elections to the Assembly were most recently held on 5 February 2012, when the Rodrigues People's Organization won 11 of the 21 seats.
Chief Commissioner: Serge Clair.

Chief Executive: Jacques Davis Hee Hong Wye.

Information provided by People in Power.

Chamber 1

Chamber National Assembly
No of Seats 69
No of Women 8
Date of Last Election 10 Dec 2014
Term 5 years
No of Parties 3

Chamber 2

No of Seats 0
No of Women 0
Date of Last Election
No of Parties 0


Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: None
Number of Joint Committees (if bicameral): None
Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: None


Are reports or recommendations from committees debated in the Chamber: No
Must Ministers provide substantive responses to committee reports/recommendations and, if so, what is the time limit for providing responses? No response required


Does Parliament or a committee have formal input into the formulation of the budget? No
What is the normal time between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament? It is about one month between the presentation of the budget to Members and its passage by Parliament.

Committee staffing

How much Chamber and committee time is normally spent in scrutinizing the budget prior to passage? The Budget is Scrutinized by the Committee of Supply in the Chamber for about one week.
Number of Clerks to service committees: We do not have Committee staffing. Committees are served by the Clerk, the Deputy Clerk and the Clerk Assistant.
Do committees have access to subject specialist researchers from parliamentary staff? No, but research are entertained upon request by the Senior Library Officer.
Do committees have access to funds to hire external subject specialist advisors?

Members of Parliament/Legislature

Name Position Address Title Contact Info
B. S. Lotun Branch Secretary Place d'Armes
National Assembly
Port Louis
Clerk of Parliament P: (+230) 57741633
F: (+230) 212-8364
Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, GCSK, GOSK Branch President Place d'Armes
National Assembly
Port Louis
Speaker of the National Assembly P: (+230) 57741633
F: (+230) 212-8364