The new Seychelles army, raised by President Albert Rene after he took over the country in a coup against James Mancham at the beginning of June, made its public debut at a parade on Wednesday (29 June) to mark the first anniversary of the island's independence.
SV: Seychelles' President Albert Rene arriving with wife to open public gardens in Victoria, Seychelles.
SV: crowd watching
SV: Rene unveiling plaque.
SV: Rene plants plant under plaque.
SV: Rene leaving gardens.
GV PAN: military forces, boy scouts and girl guides and crowds in stadium for independence anniversary celebrations.
SV: Rene arriving by car, living car, and GV crowd cheering. (??? shots)
SCU: Rene inspecting guard of honour.
GVs AND SV: armed Seychelles militia marching past presidential dias and Rene watching. (3 shots)
GV: lone Australian air force 'Orion' aircraft flying overhead.
SV AND SCU: Rene into car and car away. (2 shots)
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Background: The new Seychelles army, raised by President Albert Rene after he took over the country in a coup against James Mancham at the beginning of June, made its public debut at a parade on Wednesday (29 June) to mark the first anniversary of the island's independence. The Seychelles did not previously have a regular army, and law and order was maintained by a relatively small police force.
SYNOPSIS: The day before the independence parade, President Rene formally opened a new public gardens in Victoria, the nation's capital, on the main island of Mahe. President Rene took control of the Indian Ocean group of islands from Mr. Mancham while the latter was in Britain to attend the Commonwealth leaders conference. Mr. Mancham who was criticised by his opponents for spending more time as a 'playboy' than running the country, was elected as the nation's first President in a general election before independence. President Rene, who was Prime Minister under Mr. Manch in the coalition government, is leader of the nation's left-wing Seychelles People's United Party. His administration is acknowledged to be to the political left of Mr. Mancham's former government.
Boy scouts, girl guides and foreign armed forces contingents, among them a unit from the United States, joined the new Seychelles' army at Wednesday's independence celebrations in Victoria's main stadium.
When Mr. Rene originally announced the formation of the militia,he said it was to protect the new administration against that he called 'outside conspiracy The force, which was review?? by President Rene, has an initial establishment of 1,??? personnel, They're being trained by instructors from Tanzania, on the East African mainland. Mr. Rene has publicly expressed his admiration for Tanzania' socialist principles, and ??? the Seychelles has a close affinity with the government of President Julius Nyerere.
An Orion aircraft of the Royal Australian Air Force perhaps symbolised the interest in the Seychelles as a strategic base, being located in an important area of the Indian Ocean where Britain, France, the USA, and the Soviet Union are ??? currently engaged in trying to establish and hold power-bases.