Angidi Chettiar

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Angidi Chettiar
அங்கிடி செட்டியார்

GCSK
Vice President of Mauritius
In office
24 August 2007 – 15 September 2010
President Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by Raouf Bundhun
Succeeded by Monique Ohsan Bellepeau
In office
1 July 1997 – 17 February 2002
President Cassam Uteem
Preceded by Rabindranath Ghurburrun
Succeeded by Raouf Bundhun
President of Mauritius
In office
15 February 2002 – 18 February 2002
Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by Cassam Uteem
Succeeded by Ariranga Pillay (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1928-04-29)29 April 1928
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died 15 September 2010(2010-09-15) (aged 82)
Political party Mauritian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Mrs Chettiar
Profession Barrister
Religion Hinduism

Angidi Verriah Chettiar (அங்கிடி செட்டியார்) (29 April 1928 – 15 September 2010) was a Mauritian politician who served as the Vice President of Mauritius from August 2007 until his death in September 2010.

Angidi Chettiar was born in Madurai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and he belongs to Kannada Devanga Chettiar community. He came to Mauritius at the age of 10. His family were of traders. Angidi Chettiar throughout his political career was a staunch member of the Mauritius Labour Party. He served the party for more than 50 years and held the position of treasurer of the party for a few decades. Before being appointed Vice-President of Mauritius, Angidi Chettiar was a member of the Legislative Assembly for many years, serving as Government Chief Whip and eventually Minister in the Government of Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam from 1980 to 1982.

He served a first term as Vice President from 1997 to 2002, and he briefly became Acting President in 2002 when Cassam Uteem resigned. However, Chettiar also resigned within days after refusing to sign a controversial anti-terrorism bill, saying that the bill was discriminatory against Muslims. The line of succession then tipped the presidency to Supreme Court Justice Ariranga Pillay.

After the come-back of Navin Ramgoolam, current Leader of Mauritius Labour Party, to power, Chettiar was reappointed as Vice-President of Mauritius for a second term by the President of Mauritius, Anerood Jugnauth, in 2007.

He died while serving as Vice President on 15 September 2010.[1] He suffered from health problems for a few months before his death. He is survived by four sons and one daughter. Another son has already died.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vice-President of the Republic Angidi Chettiar Passes Away". Government of Mauritius. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Rabindranath Ghurburrun
Vice President of Mauritius
1997–2002
Succeeded by
Raouf Bundhun
Preceded by
Cassam Uteem
President of Mauritius
Acting

2002
Succeeded by
Ariranga Pillay
Acting
Preceded by
Raouf Bundhun
Vice President of Mauritius
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Monique Ohsan Bellepeau