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Mauritius president resigns amid financial misconduct claims

The president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, Africa's only female head of state, has resigned amid a financial scandal. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Gurib-Fakim submitted her resignation in the "national interest," her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed told reporters, according to local news reports.
By The News · 17 of March 2018 17:35:53
FILE -- In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim speaks during a press conference in Budapest, Hungary. Gurib-Fakim faces allegations that she bought clothing and jewelry with a credit card provided by a non-governmental group whose Angolan founder has sought to do business in Mauritius and is under investigation for alleged corruption in Portugal. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP, File), No available, FILE -- In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim speaks during a press conference in Budapest, Hungary. Gurib-Fakim faces allegations that she bought clothing and jewelry with a credit card provided by a non-governmental group whose Angolan founder has sought to do business in Mauritius and is under investigation for alleged corruption in Portugal. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP, File)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, Africa’s only female head of state, has resigned amid a financial scandal.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Gurib-Fakim submitted her resignation in the “national interest,” her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed told reporters Saturday, according to local news reports. He said her resignation is effective on March 23.

It has been alleged that Gurib-Fakim made personal purchases with a credit card provided by an NGO, whose Angolan founder has sought to do business in Mauritius and is under investigation for alleged fraud in Portugal.

Gurib-Fakim, who was appointed president in 2015, was previously a chemistry professor and science faculty dean at the University of Mauritius.