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Seychelles : Opposition comes to power for first time in two decades

The voting began on Wednesday and ended on Saturday.?The poll results were announced today. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Seychelles Sep 11, 2016, 04.03 AM (IST)
For the first time in two decades, the opposition in east Africa's Seychelles won parliamentary polls gaining control of the National Assembly. The assembly comprises of 25 directly-elected members and 10 members allocated to each party.

The opposition coalition won 15 seats while the Parti Lepep (People's Party in Creole), in power since 1977 took the remaining 10. The voting began on Wednesday and ended on Saturday. 

The tourism-dependent Seychelles is comprised of 115 islands in the Indian ocean. Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are the main islands and account for 98 per cent of Seychelles population. 

The Seychelles National Party (SNP) formed a coalition with four smaller parties to form the Seychellois Alliance.

Former leaders of Parti Lepep joined the alliance in order to strengthen its bid for power, AFP reported.

Before the results of the poll were announced, President james Michel said, "My hope is that this spirit of consultation continues in the new National Assembly, where we all work together for the common good of our nation," as it had been expected that it would slip from his party's control reported AFP.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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