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The incumbent Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth was sworn in for five-year term after elections in which his coalition consolidated its grip on parliament. His swearing-in took place at the residence of President Barlen Vyapoory.
The 57 year old Jugnauth took the helm of one of Africa’s wealthiest countries without going through a vote when his father stepped down in 2017. The decisive victory of his centre-right Morisian Alliance in the 7 November elections has now strengthened his legitimacy.
PM Pravind Jugnauth’s proposed new cabinet includes 23 members includes three women. It includes newcomer Kalpana Koonjoo-Shah, who will take over the gender equality Ministry.
The Morisian Alliance claimed 42 of 70 seats in parliament, defeating centre-left National Alliance of Navin Ramgoolam, which secured 17 seats, and Mauritian Militant Movement of Paul Berenger, which garnered nine seats.
NOTE: Since attaining independence from Britain in 1968, Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has become one of most stable democracies in Africa. Mauritius, situated roughly 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) off the eastern coast of Africa, has evolved from a poor, agriculture-based economy to a relatively wealthy financial services hub and tourist beacon.
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Justice Muhammad Raffiq was sworn in as 8th Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court. His oath for office and secrecy was administered by Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong. He has succeeded Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal who is presently the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court.
About Justice Muhammad Raffiq
He started his law practice in 1984 and practiced exclusively in Rajasthan High Court in almost all branches of law. He served as an advocate from 1999 to 2006 and in 2008, he was appointed as a Judge at the Rajasthan High Court. He has also served as acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court twice.
Justice Raffiq (59) has been recognized as an expert on Indian Constitution, land acquisition, tax, service and company law cases.