Seychelles opposition fetes first election win in decades
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. –