President Thabo Mbeki extends SA's Congratulations to newly
elected Prime Minister of Mauritius
Gleneagles - President Thabo Mbeki,
today Wednesday 6 July 2005, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa
extended South Africa's congratulations to Navin Ramgoolam as the newly - elected
Prime Minister of Mauritius following their recent National Assembly General Elections
held on 3 July 2005.
South Africa joins the countries of the SADC Region
in welcoming the determination of the SADC Observer Mission in declaring the elections
as free, fair, professionally managed and transparent and conducted within the
SADC Guidelines on elections. Mauritius' successful election is yet another milestone
on the irreversible road towards the creation of a better life for all Africans.
Africa is also impressed by the level of political tolerance and maturity displayed
during the period leading up to and immediately after the elections. Accordingly,
we express our conviction that the elections were indeed and expression of the
will of the people of Mauritius.
South Africa will continue to work closely
with the new Government of Mauritius in strengthening the already existing bonds
of friendship between our two countries. In this regard, South Africa will continue
to count on the support of the government and people of Mauritius in the quest
to push back the frontiers of poverty and under-development in our SADC region
in particular and the continent of Africa in general.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa
Department of foreign Affairs