Campaigners for Press freedom: Lewis Betsy, left, and Bernard Verlaque
29th June 2021
By Lewis Betsy From the moment I left Seychelles on 1st April, 1980, and then settled in the UK, my thoughts have always turned to the same thing: the vital need for Seychelles to have a free Pre... more...
25th June 2021
 By Lewis Betsy The 29th June has always been an important day for me and for my beloved Seychelles. The independence of our nation from Britain on that day in 1976 was a turning point ... more...
Sharing the same dream: Lewis Betsy and Georges Bibi
25th June 2021
 By Lewis Betsy I recently met up for a fascinating chat about sport with Georges Bibi, my long-time footballing friend and now chief executive officer of the Seychelles Football Federation.... more...
Testimony: Lewis Betsy states his case at a Commission hearing in 2019
25th June 2021
 By Lewis Betsy The Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission hearings in Seychelles are turning into a farce.This is not easy for me to say as I am a complainant and want the comm... more...
Assured performance: President Ramkalawan at the May Press conference
14th May 2021
 By Lewis Betsy President Ramkalawan has always had his critics, but it was a surprise to me to hear hostile comments made by some who I thought would be sympathetic to him.I talk to a lot o... more...
Honoured: Paul D’Offay, left, Felicity Passon and Joel Melanie with their shields
14th May 2021
By Lewis Betsy Seychelles Life is always keen to encourage the positive side in our society and three Seychellois have today earned our respect and admiration.Felicity Passon, Joel Melanie and Pa... more...
Committed to the task: Alain St Ange relishes his new role
13th April 2021
Alain St Ange, the much-acclaimed former Tourism Minister for Seychelles and who as leader of the One Seychelles opposition party came third when he contested the Presidential election in October 2020... more...
Team spirit: (from left to right): Stephen Biscornet, Max Racombo, Ralph Volcere, Charles Alcindor, Vincent Confait, Colin Whiting, Lewis Betsy (standing), Terry Sandapin, Gilbert Servina, Pat Nanty and Tony Hoareau
13th April 2021
By Lewis BetsyStars from Rovers Football Club met up to talk about the old days and savour the time when they were the best in Seychelles.I was one of those players, and what an amazing day it was.Eve... more...

At long last, Seychelles has become a nation of equals

12th September 2016

Victory: LDS supporters celebrate an outstanding election result
Victory: LDS supporters celebrate an outstanding election result

By Lewis Betsy

 

Democracy has at last prevailed in Seychelles and today I can breathe a sigh of relief.

The united opposition group LDS has taken the grestest number of seats in the National Assembly elections.

It was an emphatic victory with 15 seats taken compared to the 10 won by Parti Lepep, which has been in control for 29 years.

Thank goodness.

This victory is a victory for those who fought so valiantly to make Seychelles return to being a democratic country. 

There are many people who have lost their lives in the struggle for a fair and equal nation and while the struggle will still go on we can see this as a remarkable new beginning.

And it is not just a triumph for the Opposition. It is a victory for the whole country.

The overall result makes up in part for the nerve-racking Presidential elections last December in which the Opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party lost by just 193 votes to James Michel of the PL.

However commiserations must again go to Mr Ramkalawan. He lost his English River seat by 61 votes. 

I hope he can still be found a place in government because the Opposition will get better representation in the National Assembl through proportional representation (PR). 

The NA is made up of 25 directly-elected members with the remaining 10 members allocated to each party according to its PR in the polls. This means both main parties will get four extra seats each.

So, what a fantastic outcome this is for those of us who have been waiting and waiting for a change in Government.

James Michel may still be president, but he will now have to respond to the mandate of the Opposition. This too is a first.

All this has been a long time coming and adjustments will have to be made.

However, while clearly we can celebrate we must also plan to make sure that this opportunity is not lost. Factionalism must go. 

We have the will and the power to achieve greater harmony in our homeland. 

This includes dealing with two major issues which trouble me greatly.

I believe we need a Seychelles Truth and Reconciliation Commission as seen in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Rwanda. 

There is also an urgent need for a vigorous and effective programme to sort out the terrible drugs problem in Seychelles.

These issues must be given priority. 

And I know that with the will of politicians who truly care it can happen. 

Today, we know two things: that democracy can work and the voice of the people can be heard.

There were 71,932 eligible voters and according to the Electoral Commission, the voter turnout was 62,939 representing 87 percent of the voters’ population. 

That is democracy.

There is another great bonus and one I for which I am genuinely grateful: We can now all work together at last as equals.

Lewis Betsy, Publisher, Seychelles Life
Lewis Betsy, Publisher, Seychelles Life

Latest News

Seychelles Life will offer a new voice for the people of our islands… one that will promote unity and compassion
29th June 2021
Campaigners for Press freedom: Lewis Betsy, left, and Bernard Verlaque
By Lewis Betsy From the moment I left Seychelles on 1st April, 1980, and then settled in the… more...
Why celebrating Independence Day is more vital than ever after the havoc caused by Covid
25th June 2021
 By Lewis Betsy The 29th June has always been an important day for me and for my beloved… more...
All systems go for kick-off in August, says Bibi
25th June 2021
Sharing the same dream: Lewis Betsy and Georges Bibi
 By Lewis Betsy I recently met up for a fascinating chat about sport with Georges Bibi,… more...
I appeal to the President: don’t let the Truth Commission hearings end in failure
25th June 2021
Testimony: Lewis Betsy states his case at a Commission hearing in 2019
 By Lewis Betsy The Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission hearings in Seychelles… more...
President Ramkalawan is under-fire – but he showed his critics who’s boss
14th May 2021
Assured performance: President Ramkalawan at the May Press conference
 By Lewis Betsy President Ramkalawan has always had his critics, but it was a surprise… more...
Salute to the three Seychellois heroes who are setting a superb example to us all
14th May 2021
Honoured: Paul D’Offay, left, Felicity Passon and Joel Melanie with their shields
By Lewis Betsy Seychelles Life is always keen to encourage the positive side in our society… more...
I have quit politics and look forward to my new challenge, says Alain St Ange
13th April 2021
Committed to the task: Alain St Ange relishes his new role
Alain St Ange, the much-acclaimed former Tourism Minister for Seychelles and who as leader of the… more...
The goals we scored, the lives we lived… soccer veterans meet up and recall their glory days
13th April 2021
Team spirit: (from left to right): Stephen Biscornet, Max Racombo, Ralph Volcere, Charles Alcindor, Vincent Confait, Colin Whiting, Lewis Betsy (standing), Terry Sandapin, Gilbert Servina, Pat Nanty and Tony Hoareau
By Lewis BetsyStars from Rovers Football Club met up to talk about the old days and savour the time… more...
July's News
News Archive