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Uteem, Cassam

Uteem, Cassam

President of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002) and Vice-President of the Club de Madrid

Place and Date of Birth:

City of Port Louis (Mauritius) on March 22, 1941.


Studied at Paris VII University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Art and a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Political Career:

Cassam Uteem has a long history of involvement in politics, both at the community and national level. As a youth leader and social worker he was involved in local community work and, in the early seventies, he joined the leftist political party the Militant Movement of Mauritis (MMM) where he rose to become its deputy-leader. Mr Uteem was nominated to his first formal leadership position in politics in 1969 when he was elected at the Municipal Elections to serve as Councillor of the City of Port Louis. He remained in this position for several years and became the city’s Lord Mayor in 1986.

In 1976 Cassam Uteem was elected Member of the Mauritian Parliament and was successively re-elected in 1982, 1983, 1987 and 1991. From 1982-1983 he served as Minister of Employment, Social Security and National Solidarity, and in 1990-91 he also held the title of Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Industrial Technology. During his time as Opposition Member of Parliament he occupied the post of “Opposition Whip” and Chairman of the “Public Accounts Committee.”

In July 1992 Mr Uteem was elected President of the Republic of Mauritius, and was re-elected in 1997 for a second 5-year term. He resigned from this post in February 2002. Cassam Uteem is also very active in the field of international public policy. He is currently a Board Member of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Sweden, a Member of the Haut Counseil de la Francophonie as well as the international jury for the UNESCO Prize of Education for Peace, and a Founder-Member of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF).


Cassam Uteem was awarded the insignia of Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK), the highest distinction of the land. He also holds an honorary Doctorate Honoris Causa at the University of Mauritius, the University of Buckingham, UK, the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, the University of Tananarive, Madagascar, and the Jamia Milla Islamia University, Delhi, India.

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