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 17 December 2014
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. This office is a constitutional one guaranteed by the laws of the country. The current office holder becomes automatically 7th in the order of precedence. The current Leader of the Opposition is Paul Bérenger who was appointed by President Kailash Purryag on December 17, 2014.


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.[1]

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.[2]

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 January 2013.jpg 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
6. Dr. Navin Ramgoolam Navin Ramgoolam Portrait 2014.jpg 15 September 1991 Continued 1991 Labour Party
Republic of Mauritius
(6) Dr. Navin Ramgoolam Navin Ramgoolam Portrait 2014.jpg Continued 20 December 1995 Labour Party
7. Nicholas Von Mally No image.png 20 December 1995 11 September 1997 1995 Rodrigues Movement
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 11 September 1997 11 September 2000 1995 Mauritian Militant Movement
(6) Dr. Navin Ramgoolam Navin Ramgoolam Portrait 2014.jpg 11 September 2000 5 July 2005 2000 Labour Party
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 5 July 2005 4 April 2006 2005 Mauritian Militant Movement
8. Nando Bodha No image.png 4 April 2006 27 September 2007 2005 Militant Socialist Movement
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 27 September 2007 23 January 2013 2005
Mauritian Militant Movement
9. Alan Ganoo No image.png 23 January 2013 1 October 2013 2010
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 1 October 2013 15 September 2014 2010
10. Pravind Jugnauth Pravind Jugnauth.jpg 15 September 2014 17 December 2014 2010 Militant Socialist Movement
(4) Paul Bérenger Paul Bérenger.png 17 December 2014 Incumbent 2014 Mauritian Militant Movement

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Assembly - Introduction". Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Leader of Opposition". Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 13 January 2013.