Arvin Boolell GOSK, MP (born आर्विन बूलेल्ल on May 26, 1953) is a Mauritian politician who serving as the Leader of the Opposition. He is a former foreign minister of Mauritius. [2] He belongs to the Boolell family and is the son of former Foreign Minister Satcam Boolell and he is a cousin of former foreign minister Anil Gayan.[3]

Arvin Boolell
अरविं बूलेल्ल
Arvin Boolell, 2013 (cropped).jpg
Leader of Opposition of Mauritius
Assumed office
14 November 2019
PresidentBarlen Vyapoory
Prime MinisterPravind Jugnauth
Preceded byXavier-Luc Duval
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
8 September 2008 – 12 December 2014
PresidentSir Anerood Jugnauth
Kailash Purryag
Prime MinisterNavin Ramgoolam
Member of Parliament
for Belle Rose and Quatre-Bornes
Assumed office
17 December 2017
Preceded byRoshi Badhain
Member of Parliament
for Vieux Grand Port and Rose Belle
In office
30 August 1987 – 10 December 2014
Preceded byAnandisswar Choolun
Succeeded byMahen Seerutun
Majority7990 (35%)[1]
Personal details
Born (1953-05-26) 26 May 1953 (age 66)
Port Louis, British Mauritius
Political partyMauritian Labour Party

Before serving as Foreign Minister, he was the minister of Agro-Industry and Fisheries of Mauritius, and was involved in negotiations with the European Union over economic issues.[4].

He was elected in constituency no. 11 Rose Belle & Vieux Grand Port since 1987 up to 2014 where he was defeated in the general elections. He was the candidate of the Labour Party in 2017 during the by-elections in constituency no 18, Belle Rose and Quatre-Bornes. He was elected and became member of the national assembly anew. He was candidate of the Labour Party in the 2019 General Elections and was elected in Constituency no. 18 again. Since the labour leader Navin Ramgoolam was not elected as member of parliament, the party chose him to be its parliamentary leader and being the official opposition party, Boolell became the leader of the Opposition.

Early lifeEdit

Boolell who was born in a traditional Brahman Gossain Hindu family in Port Louis, is the son of former leader of the labour Party and former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Satcam Boolell.

He has had his studies in England and Wales. After graduating and become a medical practitioner, he graduated with an LLM from the National University of Ireland. He then practiced for sometimes in Wales before coming back to the country.[5]

Politics LifeEdit

He was firstly elected in 1987 in Constituency No 11, Vieux Grand Port and Rose Belle. He has been elected since then until now. He became a cabinet minister in the coalition government of the MSM and the Mauritian Labour Party headed by Anerood Jugnauth.

In 1991, following the landslide victory of the MSM/MMM coalition led by Anerood Jugnauth, he was still elected as first member of parliament serving for Constituency No 11. He became Opposition Whip until Paul Berenger and the MMM was dismissed from the government.

Minister of AgricultureEdit

Boolell has been very famous as Minister of Agriculture (later known as Minister of Agro-Industry). His first tenure was from 1995 to 2000 and second tenure was from 2005 to 2008. Following the cabinet reshuffling of 2008, he became Minister of Foreign Affairs and remained as such till now.

2011 MSM/Labour Party break upEdit

Following the breakup of the coalition government of the MSM and the Labour Party in 2011, Boolell was the first presumptive person to replace Pravind Jugnauth as Vice Prime Minister. However, a last minute change in the protocol brought to Anil Bachoo's appointment as VPM. He remained number 6 until now.

He was a recipient of the Order of the Star and Key of Indian Ocean elevated to the rank of Grand Officer.


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