Seychelles Liberation Day

Seychelles Liberation Day

June 5
Less than a year after gaining independence (see above), a coup overthrew the government. Two major political parties had developed in Seychelles, the Seychelles Democratic Party (SDP) and the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP). James Mancham, the leader of the SDP party, which won the majority vote, became president, and France Albert Rene became prime minister. Rene's supporters led the overthrow and ousted Mancham on June 5, 1977, an event commemorated as a public holiday on Liberation Day.
CONTACTS:
Republic of Seychelles to the UN
800 Second Ave., Ste. 400C
New York, NY 10017
212-972-1785; fax: 212-972-1786