THE RETURN TO MULTIPARTY DEMOCRACY
Secretary General of the SPPF, President René announced the returning of a multiparty system of government during an Extraordinary Congress of the Party on 3rd of December 1991.
Multi-Party politics was re-introduced in 1993 and the people of Seychelles went to the polls to vote on a new constitution, elect a new president and representatives for a National Assembly.
In fact, that year saw the Seychellois electorate, go thrice to the polls, the first time it was to decide who would be represented on the Constitutional Constitution which was to draft the new over-ridding law of the country.
The adoption of the constitution itself took two referenda as the combined forces of the opposition parties and the church ensured that the first draft did not get the 66% it needed to be adopted, despite the ‘Yes’ side polling in more than half the votes.
The second draft was adopted by a heavy majority of over 70%.
The SPPF president, Mr. France Albert René, was re-elected in the Presidential Election, and became among those few in the world to be returned to the presidency after the return of pluralistic democracy.
The Party won a landslide victory after sixteen years in power, with only one seat going to the opposition in the Legislative election held on the first past the post basis.
The SPPF Government did not abandon its social development programmes and in fact started on its new mission to take the country to that next level of its development.  More and more NGOs were set up to complement the actions of the State in taking care of its most vulnerable citizens.
On the economic side the government embarked on a cautious policy of decentralisation and liberalisation of some economic activities.
With more key players around and demands from various groups with differing interests, the role of the State as an arbitrator and facilitator to safeguard the well-being of all its citizens was bound to be challenged. This came together with the globalisation phenomenon and less incoming aid from donor countries which see Seychelles as a big success story in the developing world and therefore not eligible for further assistance.
 
PARTI LEPEP
On June 2, 2009, the political party which brought Seychelles to independence before transforming it into a modern, middle-income country (SPUP-SPPF) underwent a metamorphosis as it changed its name from SPUP-SPPF to Parti Lepep.  This change of name encapsulates a sea-change in the country’s politics.
Firstly, the change of name marks the completion of the smooth transfer of power from President Albert René to President James Michel.  This transition started in April 2004, when President René hands over the country’s leadership to President Michel.   It also represents a generational shift in local politics as the first generation progressive politicians (led by President René under SPUP-SPPF) are succeeded by the second generation (now led by President James Michel under Parti Lepep).
Secondly, this change of name symbolises the transformation of the ruling party into a party-nation; meaning a political force open to all citizens of goodwill who have the love of the motherland at heart and believes that all Seychellois are equal.
Parti Lepep ushers in a new political culture, one defined not be wedge issues, which divide the population, but by issues calling for the population to pool their efforts.  An open-arm political entity which is neither a political party (class-based) nor a political front (an alliance of different forces).
Parti Lepep will also have as Founder-Leader, President Rene and new structures, such as an Extended Central Committee, a Veterans wing and a biennal National Conference.
Parti Lepep seeks to give political representation to new realities by promoting a new political culture responding to these exigencies.  It will do so by combing the progressive philosophy inherited from SPUP-SPPF with new political approaches which incites people to take initative and play a greater role in the political debate so as to build an inclusive society.
In this new political set-up under the auspices of Parti Lepep, the people of Seychelles is invited to contribute in the political debate through different ways.  A movement to which the whole population can adhere to.