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Seychelles President to Schedule Electoral Reforms After Victory

October 02, 2011

     Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Seychelles President James Michel said electoral reforms will soon be on the agenda in an announcement after his People’s Party won all 25 seats in the Indian Ocean island nation’s parliamentary elections held over three days.

The Electoral Commission will start national consultations on the reforms, Michel said in a statement on television today.

The Seychelles National Party, led by Wavel Ramkalawan, pulled out of the vote, accusing the government of reneging on an earlier a promise of political reform. The election was a sham and an undemocratic process, Ramkalawan said by telephone today.

Six additional National Assembly members from the winning party will be nominated this week, according to the country’s partly proportional electoral system, Hendrick Gappy, chairman of the Electoral Commission, said today in Victoria, the capital.

The new National Assembly’s first major task will be to examine the national budget later this year. The national currency of Seychelles depreciated by 2.1 percent during the quarter through September, its worst in four, and closed at 12.5005 on Sept. 30, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

--Editor: Jim McDonald

To contact the reporter on this story: Richard Ramasawmy in Johannesburg at rramasawmy1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net


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