Seychelles Introduces New Political Party ‘Seychelles United Movement’ (SUM) in the Run-Up to 2025 Elections
Seychelles United Movement Unveils Vision and Mission
In a ceremony brimming with enthusiasm and hope, the newly registered political party Seychelles United Movement (SUM) unveiled its vision and mission at the Seychelles Electoral Commission’s office. Following an exhaustive three-month process, the SUM emerged as the seventh registered political party in the Seychelles, aiming to embrace the guiding theme of “Reform, Prosperity, and Unity.”
Leadership and Vision
At the helm of SUM stands Maarco Francis, a prominent businessman with a passionate commitment to his country’s future. He articulated the party’s ambitious vision, emphasizing the need for extensive reforms across various sectors, including the economy, healthcare, social services, and education. Francis remarked, “In 2020, the people voted for change, expecting reforms, but that has not happened, with the current government running the country the same way as their predecessors did.”
Universal Retirement Age and Forward-Looking Policies
One of the pivotal proposals of SUM is the establishment of a universal retirement age for all citizens, regardless of their status. Francis underscored that SUM’s approach transcends traditional politics, positioning it more as a movement than a conventional political party. On August 25, 2023, after a rigorous three-month process, SUM achieved official registration, overcoming a single objection raised by the United Seychelles party regarding the similarity in names.
Constitutional Reform and People-Centered Governance
During an interview, SUM stressed the importance of creating a clear separation between the legislative and executive branches and called for a revision of the Seychelles Constitution. The aim is to center it more around the people’s interests rather than politicians’ agendas.
A Diverse Political Landscape
With SUM’s entry into Seychelles’ political arena, it joins six other registered political parties, including the ruling party Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, the leading opposition party United Seychelles, as well as One Seychelles, Linyon Sanzman, Lafors Sosyal Demokratik, and Independent Conservative Union Seychelles. As the 2025 elections draw near, the nation awaits a spirited and dynamic political contest, with SUM bringing a fresh perspective to the forefront.
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