ALBERT Rene Calls For National Reconciliation
Former President Albert Rene, speaking to the ruling parties mouth piece the People,about the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the party , said that the Parti Lepep (PL) has to "embrace" National Reconciliation and bring some changes in the way it has been operating if it wants to remain "relevant".
"For the country to remain on the path it has chosen,it has to embrace certain situations that involve correction and adaptations -more commonly known as National Reconciliation, the former President said in last Friday's edition of his party's newspaper. Albert Rene justified his stand by the fact that he believes that the country and the party have to adapt themselves,to the "changes that are taking place in the World".He says the party cannot be old fashioned in its ways of doing things. It has to make changes relevant with the current times.
If the leader of PL does not go into details of what he thinks is wrong with the way government is being run, the solution he proposes speaks volumes; " I am for National Reconciliation". In this day and age, we have to reconcile to be able to make progress individually and collectively. (...) There are some who are willing to reconcile, who may not like us, but they have a good heart and want to see their country move forward, he adds.
The Former President spoke of his meeting last November with his predecessor James Mancham. Albert Rene said he was "happy to see that Mr. Mancham held no rancour and that he thought it was necessary to join forces for the good of the country".
It will be recalled that President Rene was the Prime Minister in the coalition government of James Mancham that took Seychelles to full Independence from Great Britain on 29th June 1976.He was brought to power almost one year later , in a coup d'etat on June 5th, 1977.
He ran the country by Presidential Decree from that time until 1991.
It was in 1991 that the ruling Seychelles Peoples Progressive Front (SPPF) opened up to a constitutional conference and a return to multi party politics which led to a new Constitution and Third republic on June 18th, 1993.
Speaking on the way the country and party have been run since he took a step back,Albert Rene said it was all a continuation of what he started in 1964 albeit with some "freshness". The party leader regrets that not enough is being done for the youth to know about the sacrifices that people of his party went through to make Seychelles the country it is today. Albert Rene defined his party as a "political party that has become an institution today.
President Rene retired from office in April 2004, after having won the last presidential elections of September 2001. His Vice President at the time Jame Michel took over the presidency.
The former President also made it clear that he would not like government to pay tribute to him on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of his party , by erecting a statue of him. "What for?", he asked.