Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth is resigning today and handing power to his son.
Opposition parties say he risks turning the successful Indian Ocean nation into a banana republic.
Anerood Jugnauth first became prime minister of Mauritius in 1982.
His latest spell at the helm began three years ago.
The 86-year-old says its time for new blood.
He’s handing the baton to his son Pravind who’s finance minister and leader of the island’s largest party, the Militant Socialist Movement.
He counters critics of the move saying Mauritius has a Westminister-style government where transferring power without holding an election is perfectly acceptable.
He cites the recent example of David Cameron stepping down as British Prime minister for Theresa May.