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List of heads of state of Mauritius

This is a list of the heads of state of Mauritius, from the foundation of the Mauritius in 1968 to the present day.

From 1968 to 1992 the head of state under the Mauritius Independence Act 1968 was the Monarch, who was the same person as the Monarch of the United Kingdom and of the other Commonwealth realms. The monarch was represented in Mauritius by a Governor-General. Mauritius became a republic under the Constitution of 1992 and the monarch and Governor-General were replaced by a ceremonial President.

Monarchs (1968–1992)

The succession to the throne of Mauritius was the same as the succession to the throne of the United Kingdom, governed by the Act of Settlement 1701.

Monarch Reign Royal House Prime Minister(s)
# Portrait Name Reign start Reign end Duration
1 Queen Elizabeth II
12 March 1968 12 March 1992 24 years House of Windsor Ramgoolam


The Governor-General was the representative of the monarch in Mauritius and exercised most of the powers of the monarch. The Governor-General was appointed for an indefinite term, serving at the pleasure of the monarch. After the passage of the Statute of Westminster 1931, the Governor-General was appointed solely on the advice of the Cabinet of Mauritius without the involvement of the British government. In the event of a vacancy the Chief Justice served as Officer Administering the Government.

  Denotes Chief Justice acting as Officer Administering the Government
Governor-General Term of office Monarch(s) Prime Minister(s)
# Portrait Name Took office Left office
1 Sir John Rennie
12 March 1968 27 August 1968 168 days Elizabeth II Ramgoolam
Sir Michel Rivalland
27 August 1968 3 September 1968 7 days Elizabeth II Ramgoolam
2 Sir Leonard Williams
3 September 1968 27 December 1972
(Died in Office)
4 years, 115 days Elizabeth II Ramgoolam
3 Sir Raman Osman
27 December 1972 1 February 1973 4 years, 308 days Elizabeth II Ramgoolam
1 February 1973 31 October 1977
Sir Henry Garrioch
31 October 1977 23 March 1978 143 days Elizabeth II Ramgoolam
4 Sir Dayendranath Burrenchobay
23 March 1978 26 April 1979 5 years, 280 days Elizabeth II Ramgoolam
26 April 1979 28 December 1983
5 Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
28 December 1983 15 December 1985
(Died in Office)
1 year, 352 days Elizabeth II Jugnauth
Sir Cassam Moollan
15 December 1985 17 January 1986 33 days Elizabeth II Jugnauth
6 Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo
17 January 1986 12 March 1992 6 years, 55 days Elizabeth II Jugnauth

President of Mauritius

Under the 1992 Constitution, the constitution of the Republic of Mauritius, the President replaced the monarch as ceremonial head of state. The President was elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term. In the event of a vacancy the Vice President served as Acting President.

  Denotes Vice President acting as President
President Term of office Political party
(at time of election)
Prime Minister(s)
# Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
style="background:; color:black;"|1 Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo
12 March 1992 30 June 1992 110 days Mouvement Socialiste Militant Jugnauth
style="background:; color:white;"|2 Cassam Uteem
30 June 1992 15 February 2002
9 years, 230 days Mauritian Militant Movement Jugnauth
style="background:; color:white;"| Angidi Chettiar
15 February 2002 18 February 2002
3 days Labour Party Jugnauth
Ariranga Pillay
18 February 2002 25 February 2002 7 days [1] Jugnauth
style="background:; color:black;"|3 Karl Offmann
25 February 2002 1 October 2003 1 year, 218 days Mouvement Socialiste Militant Jugnauth
style="background:; color:white;"| Raouf Bundhun
1 October 2003 7 October 2003 6 days Mouvement Socialiste Militant Jugnauth
style="background:; color:black;"|4 Sir Anerood Jugnauth
7 October 2003 31 March 2012
8 years, 176 days Mouvement Socialiste Militant Bérenger
style="background:; color:white;"| Monique Ohsan Bellepeau
31 March 2012 21 July 2012 112 days Labour Party Ramgoolam
style="background:; color:white;"|5 Kailash Purryag
21 July 2012 2 years, 14 days
(as of 4 August 2014)
Labour Party Ramgoolam

Living former heads of state

Name Term/Reign Office Date of birth
Elizabeth II 1968–1992 Queen of Mauritius 21 April 1926
Cassam Uteem 1992–2002 President of Mauritius 22 March 1941
Karl Offmann 2002–2003 President of Mauritius 25 November 1940
Sir Anerood Jugnauth 2003–2012 President of Mauritius 29 March 1930
Ariranga Pillay 2002 Acting President 14 June 1945
Raouf Bundhun 2003 Acting President 1937
Monique Ohsan Bellepeau 2012 Acting President 1942

External links

  • World Statesmen – Mauritius

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