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    The left-wing Prime Minister of the tiny Indian Ocean Island republic of the Seychelles, Mr.?

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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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABV3CTCZYPZNADVE9BXXXOQHHB
    Media URN:
    VLVABV3CTCZYPZNADVE9BXXXOQHHB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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