Six Mauritius ministers quit – radio

PORT LOUIS, (Reuters) – Six ministers, including the  finance minister, resigned from the Mauritius government today, local radio reported, throwing the Indian Ocean island  into political turmoil.

The resignations by all the ministers from the Militant  Socialist Movement (MSM), led by Finance Minister Pravind  Jugnauth, followed the arrest of the health minister on graft  charges last week. He was also among those who resigned.

None of the ministers was immediately available for comment.

Local radio stations said Jugnauth would hold a news  conference later today.

The MSM formed an alliance with the ruling Labour Party  ahead of a parliamentary election in May last year. The alliance  won a landslide victory, handing Prime Minister Navinchandra  Ramgoolam a second term.

Last week, the Indian Ocean island’s anti-corruption  watchdog arrested Health Minister Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, who is  a member of the MSM, on charges of inflating a government tender  to acquire a private hospital.

The arrest, the first high-profile one of its kind in the  last few years, followed a seven-month inquiry by the  Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Hanoomanjee was released on bail but is still being  questioned by the ICAC. Mauritius generally has a better  reputation on corruption than other African countries.


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