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The Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Seychelles, 20–22 March 1998

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Political Background

Seychelles achieved independence on 29 June 1976, with Sir James Mancham as the first President of the new Republic and Mr France Albert René as Prime Minister. This coalition, however, ended abruptly in June 1977, when supporters of the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP) staged an armed coup and installed Mr René as President. In May 1978, the SPUP was renamed the Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF) and declared to be the country's sole political party.

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