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World news: Amina Gurib-Fakim resign due to financial scandal.
Presidentto the island nation of Mauritius Aminu Gurib-Fakim accused of using a Bank card non-governmental organizations for personal purposes . After a few weeks of the scandal, she resigned.
It is reported by DW with reference to the AFP news Agency.
The head of state resigned because of the financial scandal that erupted around her. As stated in Saturday, March 17, her lawyer Yousuf Mohamed, Gurib-Fakim pokidat his position in the “national interest”, reports AFP. According to the attorney, the resignation must take effect next Friday, March 23.
The first woman President of Mauritius has accused that she used her credit card non-governmental organization “Institute of planet Earth” (Planet Earth Institute) for personal purposes. Among other things, the President of the purchased decorations and “luxury goods” in the amount of not less than 25 thousand euros. According to the most Gurib-Fakim, credit or debit card to make personal purchases she used “accidentally”, and spent the money immediately reimbursed by non-governmental organizations. The refund was confirmed in “the Institute of planet Earth.”
Prime Minister Pravin Jugnauth announced a week ago that the President agreed to resign after the celebration of the 50th anniversary of independence on March 12. However, two days later, Gurib-Fakim said about the falsity of the charges against her and said that is not going to leave the post.
Gurib-Fakim – the world famous scientist-biologist. In 2015 she joined the London “Institute of planet Earth” for the development of scientific capacity in Africa. The President said that in may 2016, she received a credit card from the organization to cover the travel costs and logistics associated with its role in the organization.
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian ocean East of Madagascar, the population is about 1.2 million. The President performs primarily ceremonial functions.