Veerasamy Ringadoo

Cassam Uteem Labour Party (Mauritius) Anerood Jugnauth

Veerasamy Ringadoo
வீரசாமி ரிங்காடு
Vīracāmi Riṅkāṭu

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1st President of Mauritius
In office
12 March 1992 – 30 June 1992
Prime MinisterAnerood Jugnauth
Vice PresidentVacant
Preceded byElizabeth II
as Queen of Mauritius
Succeeded byCassam Uteem
Governor-General of Mauritius
In office
17 January 1986 – 12 March 1992
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterSir Anerood Jugnauth
Preceded bySirCassam Moollan (acting)
Succeeded byHimself as the first President of Mauritius
Personal details
Born20 October 1920
Port Louis, British Mauritius[1]
Died9 September 2000(2000-09-09) (aged 79)
Alma materLondon School of Economics

Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo, GCMG, GCSK, QC, (born வீரசாமி ரிங்காடு Vīracāmi Riṅkāṭu; 20 October 1920 – 9 September 2000) was a Mauritian politician, minister and Governor-General of Mauritius.

Early life

Born in 1920 in a Tamil family[2], Ringadoo was educated and Port Louis Grammar School and completed the LLB at the London School of Economics in 1948. He was also a founder of the League of Tamils in 1937.[3]

Political career

At the 1953 general elections he was elected for the first time to the Legislative Council in Moka-Flacq, representing Labour Party alongside Ackbar Gujadhur and Satcam Boolell.[4] At the 1959 and 1963 elections he was elected to the Legislative Council at No.17 Quartier Militaire after standing as candidate of Labour Party.[5][6] In 1967 he was elected to Legislative Council at Constituency No.8 (Quartier Militaire-Moka) as candidate of the Independence Party coalition alongside Mahess Teeluck and Abdool Razack Mohamed.[7]In 1976 he was re-elected at No.8 alongside Mahess Teeluck.[8] He held the portfolio of Finance Minister of Mauritius during most of these terms. But at the 1982 general elections he was not elected following the landslide victory of MMM-PSM against PTr-PMSD.[9]

He served as Governor-General of Mauritius from 17 January 1986 to 12 March 1992, when it became a republic. Ringadoo then served as interim President until later in 1992, when he was replaced by the second president, Cassam Uteem.


Ringadoo was knighted in the 1975 New Year Honours,[10] and following his appointment as Governor-General, appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in June 1986.[11]


  1. ^ Who's who of Rhodesia, Mauritius, Central and East Africa. Wooten & Gibson. 1971. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 April 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "1953 results of elections" (PDF). Government of Mauritius.
  5. ^ "1959 election results". Government of Mauritius.
  6. ^ "1963 Results of elections". Government of Mauritius.
  7. ^ "Results of 1967 elections" (PDF). Government of Mauritius.
  8. ^ "Results of 1976 elections" (PDF). Government of Mauritius.
  9. ^ "Results of 1982 elections" (PDF). Government of Mauritius.
  10. ^ London Gazette, 1 January 1975
  11. ^ London Gazette, 10 June 1986