GIS - July 24, 2012: Mr Abdool Razack Mahomed Ameen Peeroo GOSK, SC, was unanimously elected Speaker of the Mauritius National Assembly today in Port Louis. He takes over from Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK, who has assumed office as President of the Republic.
The motion for the election of the Speaker was presented by the Prime Minister Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, after which the new Speaker took the Oath of Allegiance.
Mr Peeroo is not an elected member of the National Assembly. However, the Constitution provides that the Speaker may or may not be an elected Member of the House.
Born on 16 April 1945, Mr Peeroo is a well-known figure, both as a barrister and as a politician. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1972 and to the Mauritian Bar in 1974.
He has had a rich political career and first stood as a candidate to legislative elections in 1976. He was Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations from November 1979 to June 1982; Attorney-General, Minister of Justice and Industrial Relations from December 1995 to November 1996; Attorney General, Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Corporate Affairs from December 1996 to June 1997; Attorney-General, Minister of Justice Human Rights and Corporate Affairs and Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations from June 1997 to November 1999; Attorney-General, Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Minister for Reform Institutions from November 1999 to September 2000.
Mr Peeroo is a member of Lincoln’s Inn and was educated at the Council of Legal Education in London and at King’s College, University of London where he also studied the French Civil Law.