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PM: I’m Not Destabilized… There Will Be A By-Election…

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After Naveena Ramyad was sworn in yesterday morning at State House, the Prime Minister spoke to the press. Pravind Jugnauth said that Vikram Hurdoyal’s resignation as a Member of Parliament had not upset him in any way. He added that it had been clear for some time that he had to dismiss the former MP…without even meeting him.

Swearing in ceremony of Naveena Ramyad

In a statement, the Prime Minister underlined Government’s commitment to promote women participation in high-level positions, as well as in politics and in Government. He thus welcomed the appointment of Ms Ramyad as Minister, in addition to the four existing women Ministers.

For her part, the newly appointed Minister thanked the Prime Minister for trusting her with more responsibilities and affirmed that she would work hard to meet the expectations of the population.

Swearing in ceremony of Naveena Ramyad

Pravind Jugnauth also said that he would provide the reasons for the dismissal later, if the need arose. He stressed that he takes every decision with confidence and conviction. He reiterated once again that a by-election would be held to replace Vikram Hurdoyal and that he expects Navin Ramgoolam to be candidate.

“There will be a by-election. That’s what the law says. I expect him (Ramgoolam) to be candidate. He has said all along that 2019 election in that Constituency was not free and fair. He must have the courage to face that electorate once again,” Pravind Jugnauth said. He added that the MSM will align a candidate.

Swearing in ceremony of Naveena Ramyad

The head of government said he was proud to be able to give more women the opportunity to get involved in politics. He was referring to the fact that there are currently five women ministers in the Cabinet.

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