Blog: President or Prime Minister-in-Waiting ?
The MMM/MSM Government has, it appears, already been formed. At the garden party at State House one could see in a picture members of the MMM clutching the "president" who is more the prime minister-in-waiting or the de facto leader of the opposition. People who speak of principles and morality are seen smiling with the prime minister-in-waiting, little realising that the presidency has been undermined and has lost total legitimacy and morality.
The prorogation of parliament has taken the MMM/MSM alliance and its leader Sir Anerood Jugnauth by surprise. Paul Berenger was convinced that the no confidence motion would be voted and new elections would be held. He has backpedalled on that now. He is arguing that NavinRamgoolam has asked for the prorogation to gain time as some government backbenchers would cross the floor and vote with the opposition. If that is so let these backbenchers come out in the open. Then we shall see whether they are branded as 'transfuges' by the MMM/MSM and their followers. We know how the MMM undermined the government of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam in the eighties and this led to the massive defeat of Labour at the 1982 elections. But Sir Anerood Jugnauth was quick to realize that with the MMM the country was taking a dangerous turn and had to fall back on Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam whom was so vilified to come back to power.
When asked about the remake of 2000 the prime minister-in-waiting, Sir Anerood Jugnauth stated that these are simply rumours.[Sa zistoire sa ! Ne parlons pas de ça].Yet when asked if he was going to read the president's speech when the new session of parliament is convened he stated only the future would tell ["L'avenir nous le dira"]. That last statement may be interpreted diversely. But one would have expected a legitimate president to answer something like this: certainly since I am the president. As it is, by asking for the prorogation, NavinRamgoolam has cornered the prime minister-in-waiting and Paul Berenger. Sir Anerood is in a fix as he does not know whether he is going to read a speech of his government and fix its agenda when he is already the leader de facto of the opposition. If he does, how will he function after reading the speech? As for Paul Berenger he does not know whether he can go ahead with the no confidence motion in order to provoke general elections. Now that the chances of getting the no confidence motion through are fast dwindling he is considering a mass resignation of the MMM. Let it be and we'll have by elections that Labour need not contest. Or if Labour does we shall wait for the results.
The bottom line of this entire stinking saga provokes some key questions that the people need to reflect on. Is Sir Anerood Jugnauth so keen to come back to power in order to scrap ICAC and put an end to the investigation on his son? The case of ECO and JayenCuttaree beckons us here. Is he contemplating altering the Constitution on the powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions if he has a weighted majority? The arrest of Sir Gaetan Duval beckons us here. Whatever the case it is high time that the prime minster-in-waiting comes out in the open and engages in a clean fight instead of abusing his authority at Le Réduit.