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Republic Of Mauritius

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Capital city: Port Louis, largest city (main seaport), International airport at Plaisance

Area: 2040 square km, including Rodrigues (104 square km) and other islands (71 square km)

National day: 12 March (Independence day)

Independence: 12th March 1968. Former British Colony.

Population: 1.2 million as of 2000 97% on Mauritius.

Leader: Pres Cassam Uteem, head of state as at July 1992. Dr Ramgoolam born 1947, Prime Minister as at December 1995.

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