After 200 years of colonial rule - first by the French, then the British - the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean will gain their independence from Britain at midnight on 28 June.
GV Seychelles President-elect James Mancham's house
SV INTERIOR Macham down stairs and leaving house
SV EXTERIOR Mancham's car and aides
SV mancham ushered into car by aide and car away
SVs Mancham and aides on airport tarmac (2 shots)
GV PAN ACROSS Contender for Premiership, France Rene's house
GV INTERIOR AND CUs Rene and members of family seated during coffee (4 shots)
CU & GV Rene working in his office (2 shots)
Seychelles has a population of 58,000. The Duke and Duchess will represent the Queen when the Union Jack is lowered and the island's new red, blue and white flag is raised on independence day.
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Background: After 200 years of colonial rule - first by the French, then the British - the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean will gain their independence from Britain at midnight on 28 June.
SYNOPSIS: And with only a few days to go James Mancham, 36-year-old flamboyant presidentelect, has formally taken leave of the Colonial Legislature. There have been calls for the establishment of a one-party state to follow independence, and many observers believe that after independence Mr. Mancham's party, the Seychelles Democratic Party, will join with their coalition allies, the Seychelles people's Unity Party to from a one-party state. But in the days before independence there were other things to do - and Mr. Mancham personally met many visiting V.I.Ps, including Britain's Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, who have arrived to take part in the independence day ceremonies and celebrations.
The leader of the People's Unity Party is France Rene - expected to become Prime Minister. Unlike Mr. Mancham, who at first fought against the idea, Mr. Rene originally advocated independence. He is currently the Minister of Works and Land Development under Mr. mancham as Prime Minister. The two parties govern in coalition and although Mr. Rene's is to the left of Mr. mancham's, there is confidence on both sides that the coalition will last for a few years yet. After independence the Seychelles intends following a non-aligned policy with no military treaties, and will not allow the islands to be used as military bases.