From Britannica Book Of The Year
The Mauritius Militant Movement (MMM) party and its Socialist allies won all 62 elected seats in the 70-member Legislative Assembly. As a result, Aneerood Jugnauth became prime minister. The defeated Labour Party coalition, led by 82-year-old Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, had ruled the island nation and its dependencies since Mauritius gained independence from Great Britain in 1968. One of the major issues during the campaign was sovereignty over the island of Diego Garcia, site of a U.S. military base. In 1965 Ramgoolam had ceded the territory to Great Britain, which subsequently leased it to the U.S. so that country could develop a military presence in the Indian Ocean. The MMM wanted Diego Garcia returned to Mauritius.
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