Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim announced her resignation Saturday amid an ongoing financial scandal. She is accused of purchasing personal luxury items with a credit card from a non-governmental organization.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Africa’s only female head of state, offered her resignation in the “national interest,” according to her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed. He added that her resignation would take effect on March 23 ending a weeklong crisis at the helm of the 461-billion rupee ($14 billion) economy that saw Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on March 15 threaten to force the president out of office if she didn’t quit.
“In the supreme interest of the country and that of the Mauritian population, she prefers to go,” Gurib-Fakim’s lawyer Yusuf Mohamed said in comments broadcast by Port Louis-based Radio Plus. “She does not want to see the population and economy suffer.”