Seychelles to elect new parliament in 3 month

09:26, July 14, 2011      

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The Seychelles is to embrace election for a new National Assembly (parliament) within the next three months following the dissolution of the previous one on Tuesday by a motion passed by two thirds of its 34 members.

The chief whip of the ruling party Lepep in the outgoing National Assembly, Marie-Lise Potter, said at the last sitting of the assembly on Wednesday that the opposition's boycott is the main cause for her party to table the motion to dissolve the assembly, in which Lepep has 23 seats.

She noted that in such circumstances it was necessary to go back to the people by asking them to elect a new National Assembly.

Two defecting members from the opposition party Seychelles National Party (SNP), Anthony Derjacques and Jane Carpin, voted for the amendment of the Constitution on Tuesday, which made it possible for the ruling party to secure a required two thirds vote to dissolve the assembly.

The SNP has boycotted most sessions of the assembly, leading to an almost standstill of legislative business, since James Michel was re-elected in May.

The two rivalry parties accused each other of rigging the electoral process, which saw Michel garner 55.46 percent of the vote against 41.43 percent for the SNP's flag bearer Wavel Ramkalawan.

This is not the first time for the legislative body to be dissolved on the Indian Ocean archipelago, which can be done by the head of state as in the case in 2007 or the National Assembly itself.

The election, which will take place within the next three months instead of April next year, is likely to pave the way for a ruling party dominated the assembly.

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