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Yearbook 2007

Seychelles. According to CountryAAH, President James Michel's ruling party, the Seychelles Progressive People's Front (SPPF), retained its 23 seats in the National Assembly following the May 10-12 parliamentary elections. The party, which has ruled since 1977, still has an absolute majority in the parliament, which has a total of 35 seats. The two main opposition parties, the Seychelles National Party (SNP) and the Democratic Party (DP), joined forces in a coalition and gained 11 seats, which was as many as the SNP alone had before. The turnout was close to 86 percent.

2007 Seychelles

The SNP had boycotted the National Assembly since October 2006, among other things. in protest of what the party considered to be police violence against protesters. SNP leader Wavel Ramkalawan had also demanded that the opposition should have as much access to the country's media as the government and that the electoral procedure should be redone. The opposition considered boycotting the parliamentary elections, but eventually participated. The election was supposed to have been held in October, but because of the boycott of the opposition, President Michel chose to dissolve Parliament in March and advance the election.

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