|President of Mauritius|
30 June 1992 – 15 February 2002
|Prime Minister||Anerood Jugnauth|
|Vice President||Rabindranath Ghurburrun
|Preceded by||Veerasamy Ringadoo|
|Succeeded by||Angidi Chettiar (Acting)|
|Born||22 March 1941|
Cassam Uteem (born 22 March 1941) is a Mauritian political figure who served as President of Mauritius from 30 June 1992 to 15 February 2002 and is the longest serving President of Mauritius, having served for nine years.
On 15 February 2002 he resigned from his function, after refusing to sign a controversial anti-terrorism bill, namely PoTA, into the constitution. His term would have ended in June 2002. He was replaced as President by Angidi Chettiar.
On 10 November 2014, Mr. Cassam was appointed United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi
Cassam Uteem is a Member of the Global Leadership Foundation, an organization which works to support democratic leadership, prevent and resolve conflict through mediation and promote good governance in the form of democratic institutions, open markets, human rights and the rule of law. It does so by making available, discreetly and in confidence, the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders. It is a not-for-profit organization composed of former heads of government, senior governmental and international organization officials who work closely with Heads of Government on governance-related issues of concern to them.
- BBC news (2002-02-15). "Mauritius president resigns". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
- BBC news (2002-02-19). "Terror law 'signed' in Mauritius". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-06-26.
- "Secretary-General Appoints Cassam Uteem of Mauritius as Special Envoy". United Nations.
- (English) The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its Members – 66 democratic former heads of state and government.
- Abera W. Kidan, "Africa: Two Candidates Withdraw Bids for AU Top Post", The Daily Monitor, Addis Ababa (allAfrica.com), January 31, 2008.
|President of Mauritius
1992 – 2002
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