Mauritius' opposition leader on Thursday said his party had lost the parliamentary election contest on the Indian Ocean island.
In conceding defeat, opposition leader Paul Berenger handed victory to an alliance led by the ruling Labour Party headed by Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam. The Labour Party has been in power since 2005.
"We concede defeat at a national level," opposition leader Paul Berenger told supporters in his constituency in a statement broadcast by local media.
Both Labour and the opposition Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) campaigned on strengthening the welfare state and social justice in one of the region's most stable and prosperous economies. Mauritius has withstood the world financial slump better than expected.
Final counting has not yet finished but shortly after Berenger's declaration the Labour Party alliance had won at least 37 seats out of 62 up for grabs on Mauritius and the tiny island of Rodrigues.
A further eight seats are allocated to the best losers but cannot sway the result.
Mauritius has pitched itself as a bridge between Africa, India and China, with a flourishing offshore financial sector, that has allowed the island nation of 1.3 million people to pack an economic punch above its weight.
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