Seychelles National Party

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Seychelles National Party
LeaderWavel Ramkalawan
Secretary-GeneralNicholas Prea
FounderGérard Hoarau
HeadquartersVictoria, Seychelles
Political positionCentre[1]
International affiliationAfrica Liberal Network
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The Seychelles National Party (SNP) is a liberal political party in Seychelles. Its followers emphasize active multiparty democracy, respect for human rights and liberal economic reforms. It was founded in response to what it called the "totalitarian regime" of former President France-Albert René. It publishes a newsletter called Regar, which is frequently sued for libel by government officials. On Regar's front page of every issue is a quote from the constitution of Seychelles invoking their right to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

The SNP was formed by the merger of three separate opposition parties in 1994: the Seychelles National Movement, led by Gérard Hoarau; the National Alliance Party, led by Philippe Boullé (an independent presidential candidate in the 2001 presidential election); and Parti Seselwa, led by Wavel Ramkalawan.

Ramkalawan, an Anglican priest, is the SNP's current leader. He won 44.9% of the vote in the 2001 presidential election, behind René (54.2%) and ahead of Boullé (0.9%). At parliamentary elections in December 2002, the SNP won 42.6% of the vote and 11 seats out of 34. Seven members were directly elected and four were chosen by proportional representation.

The July/August 2006 presidential elections gave James Michel of the SPPF 54% of the votes and Wavel Ramkalawan 46% of the votes. The last Presidential elections held in December 2015 saw SNP achieving only 35% of the popular votes in the first round. It joined with other smaller political parties under the banner of Union for Change to contest the second round of the Presidential Elections. The Union achieved 49.85% of the popular votes leaving the incumbent President James Michel to claim a slim victory.

Electoral history[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Party candidate Votes % Votes % Result
First round Second round
1998 Wavel Ramkalawan 9,098 19.5% - - Lost Red XN
2001 Wavel Ramkalawan 22,581 44.9% - - Lost Red XN
2006 Wavel Ramkalawan 25,626 45.71% - - Lost Red XN
2011 Wavel Ramkalawan 23,878 41.43% - - Lost Red XN
2015 Wavel Ramkalawan 21,391 35.33% 31,319 49.85% Lost Red XN

National Assembly elections[edit]

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/–
1992 Wavel Ramkalawan 259 0.6%
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1993 Wavel Ramkalawan 4,163

(as part of United Opposition)

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Increase 1
1998 Wavel Ramkalawan 12,084

(as part of United Opposition)

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Increase 2
2002 Wavel Ramkalawan 22,030 42.59%
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Increase 8
2007 Wavel Ramkalawan 23,869

in alliance with SDP

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2011 Wavel Ramkalawan Boycotted
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Decrease 11
2016 Wavel Ramkalawan 30,444

(as part of LDS)

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Increase 19

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