Navin Ramgoolam

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The Honourable
Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Navin Ramgoolam 2014.png
Navin Ramgoolam in August 2014
Prime Minister of Mauritius
Assumed office
6 May 2010
President Sir Anerood Jugnauth (2003-2012) Kailash Purryag (2012-present)
Vice President Monique Ohsan Bellepeau
Preceded by Himself
In office
5 July 2005 – 2010
President Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Vice President Raouf Bundhun (2002-2007)
Angidi Chettiar (2007-2010)
Preceded by Paul Bérenger
Succeeded by Himself
In office
27 December 1995 – September 2000
President Cassam Uteem
Vice President Raouf Bundhun
Preceded by Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Succeeded by Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Leader of the Opposition
In office
October 2000 – 4 July 2005
President Cassam Uteem (1992-2002)
Karl Offmann (2002-2003)
Sir Anerood Jugnauth (2003-2012)
Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth (2000-2003)
Paul Bérenger (2003-2005)
Vice President Raouf Bundhun
Preceded by Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Succeeded by Paul Bérenger
In office
September 1991 – December 1995
President Cassam Uteem (1992-1997)
Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Vice President Sir Rabindrah Ghurburrun
Preceded by Prem Nababsing
Succeeded by Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Leader of Labour Party
Assumed office
Preceded by Sir Satcam Boolell
Personal details
Born July 14, 1947 (1947-07-14) (age 67)
Port Louis, Mauritius
Nationality Mauritian
Political party Labour Party
Spouse(s) Veena Brizmohun (m. 1979)
Parents Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Lady Sushil Ramgoolam
Residence Clarisse House (Official)
Alma mater Royal College Curepipe
Royal College of Surgeons
London School of Economics
Inns of Court School of Law
Inner Temple
Profession Doctor, Barrister[1]
Cabinet Cabinet of Mauritius
Religion Hinduism
Website Prime Minister website
Prime Minister's Office

Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, MP, FRCP (born: 14 July 1947) is the Prime Minister of Mauritius, he is concurrently Minister of Finance, Minister of Defence, Home Affairs and External Communications and Minister of Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Dependencies.[2][3] Ramgoolam is the leader of the Labour Party. He was appointed Leader of the Opposition from 1991 to 1995. He served as Prime Minister for the first time in December 1995 until September 2000 and became Leader of the Opposition again from October 2000 to 04 July 2005. On 05 July 2005, he became Prime Minister of Mauritius and after being re-elected in 2010, Ramgoolam sworn into office for a third term on 06 May 2010. He also occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of Mauritius.

Early life and education[edit]

Navin Ramgoolam was born on 14 July 1947, he attended the Royal College Curepipe from 1960 to 1968 and proceeded to study medicine in Ireland between 1968 and 1975, where he obtained the LRCP&SI licenciates from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He worked at Monaghan Hospital (Ireland) in 1976, and was an intern at St Lawrence’s Hospital (Dublin, Ireland) between 1975 and 1976. Ramgoolam worked in different private hospitals in the United Kingdom, with a short stint at A.G. Jeetoo Hospital in Port Louis, Mauritius from 1976 to 1977. He was a clinical assistant in cardiology at the University College Hospital in London from 1977 to 1981. Ramgoolam was also a senior medical doctor at the Amersham General Hospital, Buckinghamshire (UK), from 1981 to 1982. From 1982 to 1985, he worked as a medical doctor at the Yorkshire Clinic in West Yorkshire (UK). After his father's death in December 1985, Ramgoolam was on the point of immigrating to Canada when Sir Satcam Boolell (then leader of Labour Party) and Paul Berenger convinced him to come back to Mauritius and to fight and win the leadership of the party. He subsequently served as a medical doctor at Dr A.G Jeetoo Hospital in Mauritius from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, he started his law studies at The London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London. Upon completion of his LLB degree in 1990, he returned to Mauritius to face the electorate as the new leader of the Labour party in the 1991 general election. After a heavy election loss in 1991, he took leave as leader of the opposition and returned to London where he went on to complete his law vocational course at Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to United Kingdom Bar, Inner Temple in 1993.


Ramgoolam has received several accolades and honours. In 1998 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Dr Honoris Causa by the University of Mauritius, Dr Honoris Causa from Aligarh Muslim University, India and Dr Honoris Causa by the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in October 2005. Other awards he attained are the Grand Officier de la Legion d’Honneur from France in March 2006, the Honorary Freeman of Rodrigues from Rodrigues Regional Assembly in March 2007, The Wilberforce Medal from Wilberforce Lecture Trust, Hull, United Kingdom in June 2007, The Rajiv Gandhi Award from Mumbai Regional Congress Committee, India in August 2007, The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from Government of the Republic of India in January 2008 as well as Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK) from the Government of the Republic of Mauritius in March 2008. In Paris, Ramgoolam received the Prix Louise Michel, awarded generally each year to a high personality in recognition of his or her outstanding contribution in the political field. He was made Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Padmashree Dr D. Y. Patil University, Mumbai, India in February 2009, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) of the Royal College of Physicians, London in May 2009, Honorary Doctor by Staffordshire University, United Kingdom in July 2010, Order of the Rule of Law by the World Jurist Association, Bethesda, Maryland, USA in April 2011, Overseas Bencher by the Inner Temple, United Kingdom in April 2011 and Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India in February 2012.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Navin Ramgoolam is the son of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam who was the sixth Governor General of Mauritius, as well as the first Chief Minister and Prime Minister of Mauritius. His mother is Lady Sushil Ramgoolam (1922-1984). Navin is married to Veena Ramgoolam (née Brizmohun).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Prime minister: Navin Ramgoolam". BBC News. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ (French)"Notes Biographiques". Labour Party. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "CURRICULUM VITAE". Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Anerood Jugnauth
Prime Minister of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded by
Paul Bérenger
Prime Minister of Mauritius