Socialist-led forces return to power in Mauritius
Port Louis, Mauritius
The three-party alliance of Prime Minister Aneerood Jugnauth crushed the opposition in general elections in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. Final results gave Mr. Jugnauth's alliance 41 parliamentary seats against 21 for former Finance Minister Paul Berenger's Mauritian Militant Movement. The election was called just 14 months after Jugnauth, a London-trained lawyer, and Mr. Berenger swept to power in an alliance of the MMM, of which they were then both members, with the defunct Mauritian Socialist Party (PSM). The alliance collapsed in March, and Berenger left the cabinet with most MMM ministers. Jugnauth stayed in power, supported by the PSM, which transformed itself into the Mauritian Socialist Movement.