Seychelles Presidential Election, 19–21 May 2011

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The Report of the Commonwealth Observer Group for the Seychelles Presidential Election. The Group was led by Dr Julian R Hunte, the former Foreign Minister of St Lucia, and comprised five eminent persons in total.



Political Background

Seychelles became an independent republic in 1976 under the leadership of an alliance between the Democratic Party (DP) led by Sir James Mancham, who became President, and the Seychelles People’s United Party whose leader Mr France Albert René was appointed as Prime Minister. Mr René seized power soon thereafter, in June 1977, through a coup d’état at which time the National Assembly was dissolved. The Seychelles People’s United Party was renamed the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (SPPF). A new one-party Constitution was proclaimed in March 1979.


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