The second president of Mauritius had two choices: either pass the anti-terrorism bill or resign as president. He decided to resign instead of signing a law he had said was a threat to “human rights and individual freedom.”
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“Reactions in the country following my resignation confirmed my conviction that the Bill, in the form it was presented, was a threat to human rights and individual freedom. As a result, fundamental amendments were to be made on it, failing which, it appeared to me, particularly difficult to endorse the Bill,” Uteem explained.
He was replaced by Angidi Chettiar, who later resigned over the same bill.