Flag of Mauritius

Mauritius Celebrates Independence Day, 12 March 2023 

By Joy Osiagwu

Mauritius is situated in the east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The island subtropical country off the south coast of Africa has territories including Rodrigues Island and other smaller islands. It has a population of 1.3 million with an area of 2.40 sq km. The major languages spoken are English, Creole, French, Indian and languages.

 The country adopted a new constitution after a general election in 1967 and proclaimed independence on March 12, 1968. It got the status of a Republic 24 years later on March 12, 1992, within the Commonwealth of Nations. The last governor-general was Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo. He was also appointed as the first president of Mauritius.

 Mauritius was formerly a French and British Colony between 1715-1968.

Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo was appointed as the first president of Mauritius.

Current Governance Structure

Mauritius operates a separation-of-powers system of governance. The government consists of the executive arm, the National Assembly, the legislative, and the Supreme court (Judiciary). The opposition party checks the government in parliament under the leadership of a presidential appointee. The President of the country is Prithvirajsing Roopun. He assumed leadership of the nation in December 2019.

H.E. Prithvirajsing Roopun President of the Republic of Mauritius (Photo credit: google)

Trending News in Mauritius

The Republic of Mauritius is still battling with flights and its stock exchange, following tropical Cyclone Freddy which posed a major threat to the Indian Ocean Island in February.

Cyclone Freddy

Mauritius Community in Ottawa

The Canadian Mauritius Cultural Association of Ottawa (photo credit: CMCA)

The Canadian Mauritius Cultural Association of Ottawa (CMCA) is a Mauritian group established in the 1900s in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The association believes in working together to overcome challenges. They pull together as an entity to support members in need and the larger Mauritian community in Canada.

Mauritius Scholarship Fund

The Association set up the Mauritius Scholarship Fund in 2021 to support students from the Mauritian community experiencing financial challenges to continue their academic pursuits at the University of Ottawa.

Beneficiaries of the funds Mauritius Scholarship Fund

The Association is billed to celebrate its Independence Day 2023 on March 11.

Event Timing:  March 11, 2023, from 7 pm- 2 am
Event Address: Rideau Curling Club on 715 Cooper St, Ottawa, ON K1R 5J5

Dress code: Mauritian Colors
Contribution $28 per person,  

$22 (Kids between 7-12 years)
Kids under the age of 7 eat free.

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