Seychelles opposition to take parliament dissolution to court

09:48, July 15, 2011      

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The opposition Seychelles National Party (SNP) will contest the decision of the parliament speaker to allow the dissolution of the National Assembly, a party official told Xinhua on Thursday.

A source close to the SNP said the Indian Ocean island country's only opposition party represented in the dissolved National Assembly will take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

The dissolution followed the passing of a motion tabled by the ruling Lepep party on Tuesday.

Former SNP legislator and one of the top lawyers, Bernard Georges, in an interview with national television station, SBC, declared the decision to dissolve the parliament by former speaker Patrick Herminie as "illegal and unconstitutional."

Herminie was not available for comment, but a source close to him told Xinhua that the SNP is "using the judicial process to retard the electoral process because they are not ready to go into an election."

The Lepep officials blames the opposition for the dissolution of the National Assembly due to the latter's boycott the legislature since the re-election of the incumbent, James Michel, in the presidential polls in May.

The two rivalry parties accused each other of rigging the electoral process, which saw Michel secured 55.46 percent of the vote from about 58,000 eligible voters.

Lepep secured 23 out of the 34 seats in the dissolved National Assembly, which was elected in July 2007 for a period of five years.

The election for a new legislature will take place within the next three months instead of April next year, the time the election would have taken place if the parliament is allowed to complete its mandate.

It is likely that Michel's party will obtain a two-third majority in the coming election given his rising popularity in the just concluded presidential election.

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