Leader of the Opposition (Mauritius)

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Leader of the Opposition of the Republic of Mauritius
Chef de l'opposition
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Paul Bérenger

since 1 October 2013
Style The Honourable
Reports to The President of the Republic
Appointer Kailash Purryag
Term length Same as the National Assembly
Inaugural holder Sir Gaëtan Duval
Formation 12 March 1968
Salary Rs 1.9 Million
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The Leader of the Opposition (French: Leader de l'opposition) of the Republic of Mauritius is the Member of Parliament who leads the Opposition party in the National Assembly of Mauritius. The current Leader of the Opposition is Paul Berenger who was appointed by the President on October 1, 2013[1] and resumed his position in parliament[2] on October 22, 2013. [3]


The political party or party alliance which wins the majority of seats in Parliament forms the government and its leader usually becomes the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister selects the members of the composition of the Cabinet from elected members of the Assembly, except for the Attorney General who may not be an elected member of the Assembly. The political party or alliance which has the second largest majority forms the Official Opposition and its leader is normally nominated by the President of the Republic as the Leader of the Opposition.[4]

According to Section 73 of the Constitution of Mauritius, there shall be a Leader of the Opposition who shall be appointed by the President, where the President has occasion to appoint a Leader of the Opposition, he shall in his own deliberate judgment appoint –

(a) where there is one opposition party whose numerical strength in the Assembly is greater than the strength of any other opposition party, the member of the Assembly who is the leader in the Assembly of that party; or

(b) where there is no such party, the member of the Assembly whose appointment would, in the judgment of the President, be most acceptable to the leaders in the Assembly of the opposition parties:

Provided that, where occasion arises for making an appointment while Parliament is dissolved, a person who was a member of the Assembly immediately before the dissolution may be appointed Leader of the Opposition.[5]

List of Leaders of the Opposition[edit]

# Incumbent Portrait Tenure Election/s Political affiliation
Took office Left office
Mauritius (Commonwealth realm)
1. Sir Gaëtan Duval No image.png 7 August 1967 23 December 1971 1967 Mauritian Social Democrat Party
2. Sookdeo Bissoondoyal No image.png 23 December 1971 23 December 1976 1967 Independent Forward Block
3. Sir Anerood Jugnauth Anerood Jugnauth.png 23 December 1976 11 June 1982 1976
Mauritian Militant Movement
(1) Sir Gaëtan Duval No image.png 11 June 1982 21 August 1983 1982 Mauritian Social Democrat Party
4. Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 21 August 1983 15 September 1987 1983 Mauritian Militant Movement
5. Prem Nababsing No image.png 15 September 1987 15 September 1991 1987 Mauritian Militant Movement
6. Dr. Navin Ramgoolam Navinchandra Ramgoolam portrait 2.jpg 15 September 1991 Continued 1991 Labour Party
Republic of Mauritius
(6) Dr. Navin Ramgoolam Navinchandra Ramgoolam portrait 2.jpg Continued 20 December 1995 Labour Party
(2) Sir Anerood Jugnauth Anerood Jugnauth.png 20 December 1995 11 September 2000 1995 Militant Socialist Movement
(6) Dr. Navin Ramgoolam Navinchandra Ramgoolam portrait 2.jpg 11 September 2000 5 July 2005 2000 Labour Party
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 5 July 2005 5 May 2010 2005 Mauritian Militant Movement
5 May 2010 23 January 2013 2010
7. Alan Ganoo No image.png 23 January 2013 1 October 2013 2010 Mauritian Militant Movement
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 1 October 2013 Incumbent 2010 Mauritian Militant Movement

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