Mauritius General Elections of 2019 Reportedly Upheld by UK After Four Years
Mauritius gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968. However, as the country is a member-state of the British Commonwealth of Nations, which unites the UK and almost all of its former dominions, colonies and protectorates, Mauritius' highest court of appeal is the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
The UK's Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) upheld the results of the 2019 elections in Mauritius, according to which Pravind Jugnauth was declared the state's prime minister, media reported.
The court dismissed the claim of an opposition candidate Surendra Dayal, challenging the election results, which were, according to him, fraudulently obtained, the outlet said.
Dayal was a candidate for a parliamentary seat in the same constituency as Jugnauth. In 2021, the results were upheld by the Supreme Court of Mauritius.
Pravind Jugnauth succeeded his father, Anerood Jugnauth, as a prime minister.
After winning its independence from the UK in 1968, Mauritius became a parliamentary republic in 1992.
Despite being a member state of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Mauritius-UK relations are quite tense due to the issue of the Chagos archipelago, which, once ruled as a part of the British colony of Mauritius, remains partially under the UK's control.
Two years before the independence of Mauritius, Great Britain established a joint military base with the US on Diego Garcia, the largest of the 60 small islands of the Chagos archipelago. The Chagossians, the indigenous population of the archipelago, were forced to leave the island upon the establishment of the base.
Following Mauritius' long efforts to reclaim the occupied territory, in 2019 the International Court of Justice ruled that London's "unlawful" administration of the territory must be ended. However, the UK didn't fulfill the court's ruling, claiming that it intends "to secure an agreement on the basis of international law to resolve all outstanding issues, including those relating to the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago."
In early January this year, Mauritius' prime minister revealed that negotiations regarding the issue have been initiated between the two states.