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Monique Ohsan Bellepeau

GOSK
President of Mauritius
Acting
In office
29 May 2015 – 5 June 2015
Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by Kailash Purryag
Succeeded by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
In office
31 March 2012 – 21 July 2012
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
Preceded by Anerood Jugnauth
Succeeded by Kailash Purryag
Vice President of Mauritius
In office
13 November 2010 – 3 April 2016
President Anerood Jugnauth
Herself (Acting)
Kailash Purryag
Herself (Acting)
Ameenah Gurib
Preceded by Angidi Chettiar
Succeeded by Barlen Vyapoory
Personal details
Born 1942 (age 78–79)
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Yves Joseph Bellepeau

Agnès Monique Ohsan Bellepeau GOSK (born 1942) is a Mauritian politician and was Vice President of Mauritius from November 2010 to April 2016. She was acting President of Mauritius from 31 March 2012 to 21 July 2012 when Sir Anerood Jugnauth resigned up to the inauguration of Kailash Purryag to the office. She was again acting President from 29 May 2015 to 5 June 2015 when Kailash Purryag resigned up to the inauguration of Ameenah Gurib to the office.

Career

Monique Ohsan Bellepeau was a journalist and a news announcer on the national TV channel, the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation.

She won the parliamentary elections and was appointed as Vice President on 12 November 2010 following the death of Vice President Angidi Chettiar. She was elected unanimously by all members of the National Assembly to be become the first female Vice President of Mauritius. Ohsan Bellepeau was a member of the Mauritian Labor Party and later became the President of the Party. She is the daughter of Bartholomée Ohsan, who was a founding member of the party.

On 30 March 2012, Mauritius president Anerood Jugnauth resigned after a feud with the country's prime minister, leaving the presidential chair to vice-president Ohsan Bellepeau. She was succeeded as President by Kailash Purryag on 21 July 2012.

On 29 May 2015, President Kailash Purryag resigned, leaving the presidential chair again to vice-president Ohsan Bellepeau. She was succeeded as President by Ameenah Gurib on 5 June 2015.

Private life

She was married to Yves Joseph Bellepeau, who was a businessman. He died on 16 November 2010, three days after she was sworn in as Vice President.

Honours and decorations

  • Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (2009). She therefore uses the honorific suffix (GOSK).
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