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Friday, 26 September 2014 14:00

Mauritius : Model of democracy?

Port Louis, 23 September: The poem-Rime of the Ancient Mariner - by Samuel Taylor Coleridge reads, “Water, water everywhere. Nor any drop to drink.” These words ring all too true when one reflects on the current turmoil and persistent gender inequality we are witnessing in Mauritius. Women are represented almost everywhere in various public and private sectors, but remain invisible at the negotiation tables of political parties.
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My dear Billy,
The world celebrated Democracy Day early this week. Democracy is a well-intentioned concept which constantly comes out through politicians’ mouths.
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Over the past few weeks, the events on the political scene have raised serious concerns among the population, civil society and the general political class, including small and medium parties whose interests are more centered on how the economy can be impacted. The general feeling is that democracy is under threat, the government is not delivering while the Opposition is not playing its role properly, at times wooing the ruling Labour party for an alliance, and at other times, turning against it.
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Friday, 06 June 2014 07:31

Perception

If Mauritius was not basically a democracy, people would have probably resorted to other means, less peaceful maybe, to make their political leaders become more reasonable. However, the actions of the latter are no longer a laughing matter. Their modus operandi is just disgusting.
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Friday, 09 May 2014 08:05

Democracy - A 2nd Republic version

The stand of Ramgoolam as well as that of Bérenger, after the “failure” of their recent negotiations, shows that both remain hopeful of a second chance. This can be read through the lines of what they said during their most recent public statements. Surprised by the rejection of their conciliation within their respective grass root supporters, more so within the MMM, Ramgoolam and Bérenger seek to create new conditions for an acceptance. Will they succeed?
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Friday, 04 April 2014 07:46

In the name of democracy

The Egyptian people are ready, in the name of democracy, to choose, amid fervour, its present dictator and future executioner, Generalissimo Abdul Fattah Al Sissi. The latter, who overthrew President Mohamed Morsi and his government, both democratically elected, announced his candidacy for President of the (Arab) Republic of Egypt on Wednesday 26 March 2014. Two days earlier, a court pronounced a death sentence against 528 persons, mostly supporters of the ex- Muslim Brotherhood political party, former winner of the first post- revolution ( January 21, 2012 ) democratic elections, now considered by the military as a terrorist movement.
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My dear Billy,
Here’s an unabashed definition of democracy: a government of demons, by demons, for demons. No wonder then that the government solution to any problem is at least as bad as the problem itself. Quite often too, they manage to make it worse. It is also said that government is like underwear. That’s why it becomes important to change it from time to time. But you can’t change it for the same soiled underwear.
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Friday, 19 April 2013 11:00

Can Mauritius become a real democracy?

To keep alive his reputation of liberal lawyer on freedom of the press, Geoffrey Robertson QC proposes, in a preliminary report released on Saturday 13 April, a package of measures to turn Mauritius into a real democracy, where freedom of expression will be the norm, in total respect of privacy and free from criminal sanctions.
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Radhakrishna Sadien is the president of the Government Servants Association, one of the most ancient trade unions of the island. Since late 70s until now he has been serving various trade unions and federations of state employees.
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Friday, 12 October 2012 21:14

More MPs or better citizens rights?

The debate on electoral reform revolves around three main issues: (1) to introduce a proportional representation formula after the proclamation of election results, to maintain the right equilibrium between political parties and their constituents; (2) to have a gender-friendly Parliament with adequate women representation, thus meeting our obligations towards the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and (3) to get rid of the communalism-oriented Best Loser System (BLS), without causing an imbalance in ethnic representation.
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