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The 1998 Seychellois presidential and parliamentary elections took place from 20 March to 22 March 1998. Incumbent President France-Albert René and his Seychelles People's Progressive Front won both elections with over 60% of the vote defeating a divided opposition.



On the 4 February 1998 it was announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections would be held at the same time in March.[1] President René and his ruling Seychelles People's Progressive Front were expected to easily win the elections.[2] René enjoyed strong support for introducing a social welfare system and benefited from the inability of the opposition to unite against him.[1] He was challenged by the former President James Mancham of the Seychelles Democratic Party, who he had deposed in a coup in 1977, and also by Wavel Ramkalawan of the new United Opposition party.[3]

The election saw a joint team of international election monitors from the Commonwealth of Nations and Francophonie observe the election, the first time they had sent a combined team to observe an election.[4][5] The team was led by Sir John Compton, former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.[5] The monitors said the election was mainly free and fair, and complemented it on being well organised.[6] However there were some complaints about vote buying by government officials.[6]

Election results


Presidential results

President René won the presidential election with two-thirds of the vote, while former President Mancham was beaten into third place by Wavel Ramkalawan.[7]

e • d  Summary of the 20 to 22 March 1998 Seychelles presidential election results
Candidates Votes %
France-Albert René (SPPF) 31,048 66.7
Wavel Ramkalawan (UO) 9,098 19.5
James Mancham (DP) 6,427 13.8
Total (Turnout 86.7%) 46,573 100
Source: African Elections Database

Parliamentary results

The parliamentary results saw the governing Seychelles People's Progressive Front win 24 of the 25 directly elected seats and a further 6 of the 9 seats that were elected proportionally.[6] The opposition Democratic Party was reduced to only one seat, while the new United Opposition won three seats.[6]

e • d  Summary of the 20 to 22 March 1998 Seychelles parliamentary election results
Parties Votes % Seats +/-
Seychelles People's Progressive Front (SPPF) 28,610 61.7 30 +3
United Opposition (UO) 12,084 26.1 3 +2
Seychelles Democratic Party (DP) 5,609 12.1 1 -4
Independents 60 0.1 0 -
Total (Turnout 86.7%) 46,363 100 34 +1
Source: African Elections Database


  1. ^ a b "The Seychelles: parliamentary elections National Assembly, 1998". Inter-Parliamentary Union. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  2. ^ "International: Serpent in the garden". The Economist. 1998-03-14. p. 52.  
  3. ^ "News in brief: Seychelles sticks to Rene". The Guardian. 1998-03-24. p. 11.  
  4. ^ Cornwell, Rupert (1998-03-12). "Co-operation in Africa". The Independent. p. 13.  
  5. ^ a b "Joint inspection team for Seychelles". BBC News Online. 1998-03-11. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  6. ^ a b c d "Rene wins Seychelles presidential elections". Manila Standard. 1998-03-24.,2641201&dq=seychelles. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  
  7. ^ "Elections in the Seychelles". African Elections Database. Retrieved 2009-07-18.  


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