Sey­chelles op­po­si­tion fetes first elec­tion win in decades

The Myanmar Times - - World -

OP­PO­SI­TION sup­port­ers took to the streets to cel­e­brate af­ter their coali­tion broke the rul­ing party’s four­decade grip on power with a vic­tory in par­lia­men­tary elec­tions.

Con­voys of cars draped in op­po­si­tion flags honked horns on the In­dian Ocean na­tion’s main is­land, Mahe, as cheer­ing sup­port­ers sang and danced on the streets on Septem­ber 11.

“It’s bet­ter than Christ­mas or New Year. It’s a vic­tory for us and for the Sey­chelles,” said a woman who gave her name as Carene.

“We’ve been wait­ing for this for a very long time,” said Joe Con­stance.

The vote saw the op­po­si­tion coali­tion of the Sey­chel­lois Democratic Al­liance, known by the acro­nym LDS in the lo­cal Cre­ole lan­guage, win 15 par­lia­ment seats against 10 for the rul­ing Parti Lepep, known as the Peo­ple’s Party lo­cally.

Parti Lepep has been in power in the for­mer Bri­tish colony since a coup in 1977, a year af­ter in­de­pen­dence, and it has won a ma­jor­ity in ev­ery elec­tion since the re­turn of multi-party pol­i­tics in 1993.

“The re­sults just an­nounced by the elec­toral com­mis­sion are his­toric for our coun­try and I feel some­what proud,” said Roger Man­ci­enne, head of the LDS. –

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