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The left-wing Prime Minister of the tiny Indian Ocean Island republic of the Seychelles, Mr. Albert Rene, siezed power on Sunday (5 June) in a bloodless coup against President James Mancham. East African radio stations have quoted Mr Rene as accusing Mr Mancham of trying to set himself up as President-for-life of a government aimed at turning the people of the Seychelles into 'slaves of the capitalists'.
Mr Mancham, who had acquired a reputation as a playboy, said he would go back to the country if the United Nations or the Organisation of African Unity took control of the Seychelles and arranged free elections.
SYNOPSIS: The Seychelles became independent on 28-29 June last year. President Mancham and prime Minister Albert Rene then headed the government of the new country, which had been ruled by Britain for 166 years. Their two parties had joined forces for the independence of the Seychelles.
Mr Mancham, who is currently in London for the Commonwealth Heads-of-State Conference, said the coup had been helped by a Soviet conspiracy.