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Yearbook 2002

Mauritius. According to Countryaah website, resistance to new and controversial anti-terrorism legislation led to the resignation of President Cassam Uteem in February. Uteem considered that it would give the police great powers, i.a. the right to detain suspected terrorists without giving them the right to contact a lawyer.

2002 Mauritius

Vice President Angidi Chettiar took over, but he also left the presidential post in protest of the law, which was, however, endorsed by Chief Justice Arianga Pillay, who temporarily took over as head of state. Opposition and human rights activists also had objections to the law.

In March, Parliament appointed Karl Offman, a former Labor Minister, as new president. The session was boycotted by about ten MEPs.

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