Arvin Boolell

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The Honorable
Arvin Boolell
अरविं बूलेल्ल
Arvin Boolell, 2013 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritius
In office
President Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
Preceded by Madan Dulloo
Succeeded by Étienne Sinatambou
Minister of Agriculture of Mauritius
In office
12 May 2005 – 8 September 2008
President Sir Anerood Jugnauth
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
Preceded by Nando Bodha
In office
20 December 1995 – 17 September 2000
President Cassam Uteem
Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
Succeeded by Pravind Jugnauth
Member of Parliament
for Vieux Grand Port and Rose Belle
Assumed office
30 August 1987
Preceded by Anandisswar Choolun
Majority 21,788 (67.160%)[1]
Personal details
Born (1953-05-26) 26 May 1953 (age 64)
Port Louis, Mauritius
Political party Mauritian Labour Party
Occupation Physician
Website [1]

Arvin Boolell GOSK, MP (born आर्विन बूलेल्ल on May 26, 1953) is a former foreign minister of Mauritius. He was appointed by President Sir Anerood Jugnauth and took office in September 2008 in the cabinet of Navin Ramgoolam.[2] He belongs to the Boolell dynasty and his father was former Foreign Minister Sir Satcam Boolell and he is a cousin of former foreign minister Anil Gayan.[3] Before serving as Foreign Minister, he was the minister of Agro-Industry and Fisheries of Mauritius, and was involved in negotiations with the European Union over economic issues.[4]

Early life[edit]

Boolell who was born in a traditional Brahman Gossain Hindu family in Port Louis, is the son of former leader of the labour Party and former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Satcam Boolell.

He has had his studies in England and Wales. After graduating and become a medical practitioner, he graduated with an LLM from the National University of Ireland. He then practiced for sometimes in Wales before coming back to the country.[5]

Politics Life[edit]

He was firstly elected in 1987 in Constituency No 11, Vieux Grand Port and Rose Belle. He has been elected since then until now. He became a cabinet minister in the coalition government of the MSM and the Mauritian Labour Party headed by Anerood Jugnauth.

In 1991, following the landslide victory of the MSM/MMM coalition led by Anerood Jugnauth, he was still elected as first member of parliament serving for Constituency No 11. He became Opposition Whip until Paul Berenger and the MMM was dismissed from the government.

Minister of Agriculture[edit]

Boolell has been very famous as Minister of Agriculture (later known as Minister of Agro-Industry). His first tenure was from 1995 to 2000 and second tenure was from 2005 to 2008. Following the cabinet reshuffling of 2008, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs and remained as such till now.

2011 MSM/Labour Party break up[edit]

Following the breakup of the coalition government of the MSM and the Labour Party in 2011, Boolell was the first presumptive person to replace Pravind Jugnauth as Vice Prime Minister. However, a last minute change in the protocol brought to Anil Bachoo's appointment as VPM. He remained number 6 until now.

He was a recipient of the Order of the Star and Key of Indian Ocean elevated to the rank of Grand Officer.