Call for action: President Danny Faure
6th August 2018
By Lewis Betsy Protests are continuing about how the Government is setting up the new Regional Councils and I hope they make Danny Faure listen.The plan was for the Councils to be part of the ref... more...
Opportunity: Vice-President Vincent Meriton
6th August 2018
After years of campaigning by various groups including Seychelles Life, Seychelles is to see a Truth and Reconciliation process get underway.The Committee on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity b... more...
Legacy: Gerard Hoarau
6th August 2018
By Lewis Betsy I have long campaigned for justice over the case of the unsolved murder of my good friend Gerard Hoarau. Now, more than 32 years on, there has been a glimmer of hope. A 77-yea... more...
Presentation: Ambassador Derick Ally
6th August 2018
Two major appointments have been announced by the Seychelles government.Derick Ally has been accredited as Seychelles’ non-resident ambassador to Ireland.Ambassador Ally, who is also the High Co... more...
Marking Independence: The Seychelles flag flying from Westminster Abbey
10th July 2018
A special service was held at Westminster Abbey to commemorate Seychelles National Day.The event was attended by many Seychellois who heard a message from the Seychelles Government read by the High Co... more...
Showtime: Lewis Betsy, publisher of Seychelles Life, with D’Amore
10th July 2018
Singer D’Amore is starting to make a big name for himself. He so impressed everyone with his performances at the Commonwealth Big Lunch in April and the 42nd Independence  Day celebration h... more...
10th July 2018
By Lewis Betsy It was a great evening full of fun... yes, Seychelles Life knows how to celebrate and our Independence party was a stylish affair.A large crowd of Seychellois diaspora enjoyed the ... more...
8th June 2018
Book now for a great party to celebrate Seychelles’ IndependenceHello thereI want to invite you to another great party we are holding to celebrate the independence of Seychelles.It will take pla... more...

It's an honour, says first woman to take up role as opposition leader

7th June 2016

Proud: Francesca Monnaie
Proud: Francesca Monnaie

The first woman to be made leader of the opposition in the National Assembley said: “I feel honoured and proud.”

Francesca Monnaie replaces David Pierre who resigned from parliament and as leader of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) which he had formed in 2011.

The PDM was the only opposition party to contest the September 2011 parliamentary polls against Parti Lepep after other parties boycotted the elections.

It failed to get any member directly elected but obtained one seat after winning a court challenge on the allocation of proportional seats.

The seat was allocated to PDM based on the party’s 3,828 vote which amounted to 10.89 per cent of votes cast.

Mr Pierre, a former deputy secretary-general of the Seychelles National Party, said he decided to step down following the results of December's Presidential elections in which he took just 400 votes or 0.66 per cent of the ballot against the five other candidates.

Ms Monnaie, 29, the PDM's secretary general, said: “PDM’s agenda is to work in a democratic manner. At the moment we are still discussing as an executive committee on how to move forward in the next election.”

Latest News

Danny Faure should intervene over the Regional Councils fiasco... it is taking us back to the one-party State
6th August 2018
Call for action: President Danny Faure
By Lewis Betsy Protests are continuing about how the Government is setting up the new Regional… more...
At last, the Truth and Reconciliation process gets underway
6th August 2018
Opportunity: Vice-President Vincent Meriton
After years of campaigning by various groups including Seychelles Life, Seychelles is to see a Truth… more...
Gerard Hoarau: 32 years after his murder, brother issues appeal as police make new arrest
6th August 2018
Legacy: Gerard Hoarau
By Lewis Betsy I have long campaigned for justice over the case of the unsolved murder of my… more...
President Faure invited to visit Ireland
6th August 2018
Presentation: Ambassador Derick Ally
Two major appointments have been announced by the Seychelles government.Derick Ally has been accredited… more...
Seychelles National Day celebrated at Westminster Abbey
10th July 2018
Marking Independence: The Seychelles flag flying from Westminster Abbey
A special service was held at Westminster Abbey to commemorate Seychelles National Day.The event… more...
Music is changing my life and it's all down to divine timing, says new singing star D’Amore
10th July 2018
Showtime: Lewis Betsy, publisher of Seychelles Life, with D’Amore
Singer D’Amore is starting to make a big name for himself. He so impressed everyone with his… more...
A spectacular evening to celebrate Seychelles Independence
10th July 2018
By Lewis Betsy It was a great evening full of fun... yes, Seychelles Life knows how to celebrate… more...
42nd Seychelles Independence Party
8th June 2018
Book now for a great party to celebrate Seychelles’ IndependenceHello thereI want to invite… more...
August's News
News Archive