Seychelles: Democratising in the shadows of the past

Bruce Baker

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    Abstract

    This article is an assessment of the country's governance and the likelihood that the country can break free from the shadow of former President René and his one-party state. The paper 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 politicised judiciary, a blurring of the boundaries between party and state, regime policing, partisan distribution of state benefits and a constrained National Assembly. It 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
    Publisher statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies 26 (3) pp.279-293. The Journal of Contemporary African Studies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a902583522
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-293
    JournalJournal of Contemporary African Studies
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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    The full text of this item is not available from the repository.
    This is an electronic version of an article published in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies 26 (3) pp.279-293. The Journal of Contemporary African Studies is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a902583522

    Keywords

    • Seychelles
    • governance
    • democracy

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