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Seychelles Re-Elects President

March 23, 1998

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) _ Voters in the Seychelles re-elected President France Albert Rene to another five-year term Monday in the Indian Ocean archipelago’s second multiparty vote.

Rene won with 61 percent of the votes cast and his ruling Seychelles People’s Progressive Front secured an overwhelming majority in parliament in a vote foreign observers said was generally free and fair.

Rene’s party captured all but one of the 25 directly elected parliamentary seats, and is entitled to six out of nine seats distributed proportionally.

Rene’s main challenger, former President James Mancham and his opposition Democratic Party, won just one parliamentary seat.

About 56,000 voters registered for the elections. It wasn’t immediately clear how many votes were cast.

Seychelles’ 92 islands became a single-party state when Rene, then prime minister, ousted Mancham in a 1977 coup. The vote was the second since Rene restored political parties in 1991.

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