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El-Materi - case in point

The granting of Seychellois citizenship to foreigners at the prerogative of the President has opened a new battleground between Danny Faure and Parti Lepep on one side against LDS and its majority in the National Assembly on the other. 

The rift has opened with the revelation that President Faure has granted 59 persons citizenship over the past two years. This is a shocking number and the whole country is outraged. In its objection, LDS reflects the concern of a large majority of Seychellois. 

Some of the recipients of citizenship, such as the Tunisian businessman Sakher el-Materi and two young persons recruited to the national swimming team, have been revealed. These demonstrate how the constitutional principle on citizenship has been abused. But most other cases have yet to be known by the public. 

President Faure has shown a gross abuse of his presidential privilege in granting these citizenship under the principle of meritorious service to Seychelles. As the National Assembly made clear in debating the issue on the two swimmers, no meritorious service has been rendered yet to permit the President to use this justification. 

El-Materi is the case which has aroused controversy also over who supported or ‘sponsored’ the application. He is a fugitive from justice in his native Tunisia and there is the suspiciaon that a lot of money has changed hands in his bid to secure a safe haven in Seychelles. Accusations have been made and the National Assembly has declared that it is keen to investigate the case further to settle the questions.

LDS has reaffirmed its policy that Seychellois citizenship should not be sold or granted and only the most exceptional cicumstances can justify any other consideration. 

In order to deal with the critical issue of spouses of Seychellois who need to work to maintain their families, LDS is in favour of granting residency with work permit, but not citizenship.

Danny Faure and his predecessor James Michel have abused the presidential privilege which they should have held in absolute trust. 

The National Assembly has pledged to look further into the abuses and to call for action to correct the past abuses and prevent further cases.


LDS launched the call for new presidential election in a major rally on Sunday at Pointe Larue.  Supporters turned out in large numbers, braving the blustery weather and drizzle. Party leaders took turns speaking on the theme, and touchingon other current issues.
The occasion was also the second anniversary of the LDS majority in the National Assembly, from the 15-10 election victory in the parliamentary elections of September 2016.
Regional representtives were among the speakers, led by Rosie Bistoquet from Pointe Larue itself. Cascade Representative George Madeline and Anse Aux Pins MNA Clifford Andre folowed in the line-up. Apart from national issues, they were also able to elaborate on concerns for their district. MNA Andre addressed the security failures at Montagne Posee prison, which is in his district and which has been in the limelight for many months.
Several other MNAs addressed the rally on topics of national concern such as cost of living, poverty,  poor delivery of services, and corruption. These included Mont Fleuri MNA Jean-Francois Ferrari, Anse Etoile MNA Ahmed Afif while St. Louis MNA Sandy Arissol was in his usual role of orshestrating the program.
Roy Fonseka and Philippe Boulle addressed opportunity for Seychellois and obstacles for small buisness. LDS party leader Roger Mancienne called for Seychellois to continue the drive for change and Opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan expresed the party’s determination to call the current President to account for failures and lack of decision, and pledged that action would continue to put pressure for new preidential election.
The call for presidential election will be supported by a motion brought before the Assembly this week by the Opposition Leader.

The Sittings of the National Assembly will be on Tuesday 18th & Wednesday 19th September 2018.

The Bills Committee chaired by Hon. Bernard Georges will present its annual Report for September 2017 to September 2018 to the House followed by the Designated Minister, Mrs. Macsuzy Mondon who will respond to Questions for Oral Answer from several Members, namely; Hon. Egbert Aglae, Hon. Wilbert Herminie, Hon. Wavel Woodcock and Hon. John Hoareau. The Questions from the Members will address certain maintenance issues regarding several Sporting facilities in different districts, as well as the multi-purpose courts that are not in good condition. 

After Question Time, the Minister for Fisheries and Agriculture, Mr. Charles Bastienne will be making a Statement on the Comprehensive Plan for Agriculture.

The National Assembly will be taking the Second Reading of the Immigration Bill, 2018 to be presented by the Minister for Employment, Immigration and Civil Status, Ms. Myriam Thelemaque and the Constitutional Posts (Special Pension) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which is a Private Member’s Bill to be presented by Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan, the Leader of the Opposition. 

In addition, there will be two Motions presented:

Hon. Waven William – Member for Grande Anse Mahe is calling for the Government to review the criteria that planning are utilizing, that is delaying the development of the districts whilst taking into accounts the local and cultural context.

Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan – Leader of the Opposition is calling for the National Assembly to express:

a. The disappointment in the way the Executive is leading the country

b. The profound concern that there is no effective action being taken within the administration of the country

c. The worry that the state of the country is deteriorating 

And therefore is calling for Mr Danny Faure to resign immediately as the President in the interest of the Nation and to permit the people of Seychelles to choose their Government. 

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LDS is calling for full mobilisation for a mass rally on Sunday 23rd September, 2018 at Pointe Larue.

The event will mark the 2nd Anniversary of the LDS majority in the National Assembly, after the 2016 elections. LDS is asking the people of Seychelles to mark this occasion as the beginning of change that our country needs. The National Assembly has set a new direction for Seychelles.

But it is time to renew the battle for change. LDS seeks the support of all for its call for fresh Presidential election. 


The Government led by Mr. Danny Faure has stalled. Decisions are not being taken and many problems are dragging on. Mr. Faure himself is stuck in the practices of the past and is unable to take action against the pressing problems such as drugs and corruption. We need a new start. 


LDS will launch actions to call for new Presidential election and to get support of the people of Seychelles for this.

LDS believes the time is right to renew the call made in early 2017, under the logan “We want an Elected President”. This is because there is now ample proof that the current administration is failing in its responsibility to provide leadership for the country, and in particular to resolve the numerous problems that we contunue to experience.

The new call will be launched in a motion brought by the Leader of The Opposition, Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan, asking the National Assembly to call on President Danny Faure to resign to make way for a fresh Presidential election.

This motion will not have any binding Constitutional effect, because under our Constitution the president is directly elected by the people and cannot be removed by parliament through a motion.

The motion will be followed by rallies and meetings in which LDS will ask the people of Seychelles to back this call. This will demonstrate the people’s will which is the basis of democracy.

Dates and  venues for these events will be publicised and LDS seeks overwhelming support for this call.

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