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Title:Seychelles: democratizing in the shadows of the past
Author:Baker, BruceISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Seychelles
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02589000802332481
Abstract:This article, which is the result of research conducted in Seychelles in November 2006, assesses the country's governance and the likelihood that it can break free from the shadow of former President René and his one-party State. The article examines eight key areas of democratic governance: the constitution and rule of law; the judiciary; the National Assembly; elections; civil society; the internal security forces; economic life; and the executive. Although it finds some changes for the better over the last few years, old habits remain of a politicized judiciary, a blurring of the boundaries between party and State, regime policing, partisan distribution of State benefits and a constrained National Assembly. The article concludes with a discussion of the likely role of the former incumbent, given that he still retains the chair of the ruling party and shows little sign of allowing the new President to be his own man. The likelihood of further governance progress for Seychelles depends on the political courage of President Michel. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]