PORT LOUIS, Mauritius - Mauritius’ opposition coalition led by 84-year-old ex-president Anerood Jugnauth celebrated a landslide victory Friday taking nearly three-quarters of seats in parliament, as final election results were released. Jugnauth’s centre-right Alliance Lepep swept up 47 out of 62 seats in the Indian Ocean nation’s parliament, after voters on Wednesday rejected the ruling party’s bid to boost presidential powers. The coalition of the outgoing ruling Labour Party (PTR) and the former opposition Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) of ex-prime minister Paul Berenger, took just 13 seats.

Debate over constitutional reform - notably over a divisive proposal to strengthen presidential powers - made Wednesday’s poll one of the most crucial since the islands gained independence from Britain in 1968.