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Mauritius president refuses to resign

President Gurib-Fakim had promised that she would resign over the controversial expenses

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The president of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has said she won't resign amid an ongoing financial scandal.

"Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, having nothing to feel guilty about and able to provide corroborating evidence, rejects any idea of resigning," she said in a statement.

Less than a week ago, Ms Gurib-Fakim offered to step down over allegations she'd used a charity's credit card to purchase personal items.

Ms Gurib-Fakim had received the card from the Planet Earth Institute where she worked as an unpaid director.

The card was intended to cover her travel expenses though she allegedly used it to buy thousands of dollars worth of clothes, jewellery and other items.

The president, Africa's only female head of state, refunded the money but said she would step down after Mauritius' 50th independence anniversary next week.

Source: BBC