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Pravind Jugnauth

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5th Prime Minister of Mauritius
Assumed office
23 January 2017
President Ameenah Gurib
Barlen Vyapoory (acting)
Eddy Balancy (acting)
Pradeep Roopun
Deputy Ivan Collendavelloo
Preceded by Anerood Jugnauth
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
26 May 2016
Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by Anerood Jugnauth (Acting)
In office
11 May 2009 – 26 July 2011
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
Preceded by Rama Sithanen
Succeeded by Xavier Luc Duval
In office
7 October 2003 – 5 July 2005
Prime Minister Paul Berenger
Preceded by Paul Berenger
Succeeded by Rama Sithanen
Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation
In office
14 December 2014 – 1 July 2015
Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by Chedumbrum Pillay
Succeeded by Etienne Sinatambou
Leader of Opposition
In office
15 September 2014 – 14 December 2014
Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by Paul Bérenger
Succeeded by Paul Bérenger
Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius
In office
11 May 2010 – 26 July 2011
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
Preceded by Rama Sithanen
Succeeded by Anil Bachoo
Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius
In office
7 October 2003 – 5 July 2005
Prime Minister Paul Bérenger
Preceded by Paul Bérenger
Succeeded by Rashid Beebeejaun
Leader of the Militant Socialist Movement
Assumed office
30 October 2003
Preceded by Anerood Jugnauth
Member of the National Assembly
for Quartier Militaire and Moka
Assumed office
9 May 2009
Preceded by Ashok Jugnauth
Majority 20,080 (57.10%)
Personal details
Born
Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

25 December 1961 (1961-12-25) (age 58)
La Caverne, British Mauritius
Political party Militant Socialist Movement
Spouse(s) Kobita Ramdanee
Children 3
Relatives Anerood Jugnauth (Father)
Sarojini Ballah (Mother)
Alma mater University of Buckingham
Inns of Court School of Law
[[Aix-Marseille University]]

Pravind Kumar Jugnauth (born 25 December 1961) is a Mauritian politician who is the current Prime Minister of Mauritius.

He has occupied various positions in both government and opposition since 2000. He was Minister of Agriculture from 2000 to 2003, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2005. He served in Navin Ramgoolam's cabinet from 2010 to 2011 as Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance as part of a coalition government. He served as Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation from 2014 to 2015. He is also Member of Parliament for the 8th constituency Quartier Militaire and Moka. He left the coalition government and was appointed Leader of the Opposition in September 2014 until he was named as minister in his father's cabinet following their victory.

He is the leader of the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM), one of the three largest political parties in the country.

He is the only son of Anerood Jugnauth and Sarojini Ballah. His candidacy for Parliamentary General Elections in Constituency No 9, Rose Belle and Vieux Grand Port in 2000 made him elected as Member of Parliament from there. He was appointed as Minister of Agriculture by President Uteem to serve in the cabinet. He served as Minister under the premiership of his father Anerood Jugnauth who became Prime Minister in 2000 after winning the elections with the MSM/MMM coalition.

He was initially found guilty of conflict of interest for a transaction of Rs. 144 million under the Prevention of Corruption Act (POCA) Law and was sentenced by the Intermediate court of Mauritius for 1 year of imprisonment. He was accused of having reallocated funds to purchase the Medpoint Clinic in which his sister held a majority of shares. He resigned from the government as minister following the sentence. However, he appealed to the Supreme Court of Mauritius and won his appeal. He was then appointed as Minister of Finance.

On 23 January 2017, he was chosen by his party to lead the National Assembly and to become Prime Minister following the decision of his father to resign as Prime Minister due of old age. It was constitutional but many people view it as a handing over of power from father to son. This was criticised in the press and around the country by the opposition parties. The Parti Mauricien Social Démocrate left the government due to this and went to sit on opposition benches.

In the 2019 Mauritian general election, the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) won the majority of seats in parliament and as leader of the MSM, Jugnauth obtained a national plebiscite to remain Prime Minister for a five-year mandate.

In 2017 he has awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India.

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