Since 2019, Pradeep Singh Roopun, also known as Prithvirajsing Roopun (Mauritian Creole pronunciation GCSK), has served as the seventh president of Mauritius.
The Indian Arya Samaj Hindu family of Prthvirajsing Roopun grew up in the suburb of Morcellement St. Jean, near Quatre Bornes. He attended secondary school at New Eton College in Rose Hill and taught mathematics at Eden College. He is an attorney at law and has been admitted to practice since 1986. His master's degree in international business law (LLM) is from the University of Central Lancashire.
In addition to being a member of the Council of Legal Education's board of examiners since 1989, Roopun has also lectured at the University of Mauritius' Faculty of Law.
Sayukta Roopun is his wife. They have four daughters, Divya, Jyotsna, Adishta, and Vedisha.
As a candidate for the first time in 1995, Roopun joined politics in 1983. In 2000, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly as deputy chief government whip for constituency 14, Savanne, and Black River. His appointment as minister of local government and solid waste management was in 2005.
Between 2010 and 2012, Roopun served as deputy speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius in constituency No. 9, Flacq and Bon Accueil.
As a member of the Pan African Parliament from 2010 to 2014, he served as deputy chair of the Committee of Transport, Industry, Communications, Energy, Science, and Technology.
It was Roopun's responsibility from December 2014 to January 2017 to eradicate extreme poverty and empower vulnerable groups as ministers of social integration and economic empowerment. With the support of the UNDP, he devised a Marshall Plan Against Poverty and introduced a scheme that provided families living in extreme poverty with a subsistence allowance.
His tenure as minister of arts and culture was from January 2017 to November 2019. During his tenure, the reggae music of Jamaica was added to the representative list of the UNESCO 13th Session of the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
He was not a candidate in the 2019 general election, but he was nominated by the National Assembly on 2 December 2019 as the seventh president of Mauritius and was sworn in shortly thereafter. As a result of the National Awards Act 1993 Section (6), he was awarded the title of Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean upon assumption as President of the Republic of Mauritius.
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