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The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan accompanied by the First Lady Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan as well as various senior officials gathered at the ‘Lavwa Lanasyon’ monument yesterday morning to celebrate the 29th anniversary of Seychelles Constitution Day.

Guests present witnessed the hoisting ceremony of the national flag of Seychelles by Seychellois women and men in uniform, accompanied by the national anthem of Seychelles performed by the national band.

The ceremony also featured various performances by young Seychellois artists sharing messages.

Delivering his keynote address, President Ramkalawan emphasized the importance of the Constitution and the essence of democracy that derives from it and which continues to protect the rights of the country as a sovereign democratic nation and its peoples.

“On this auspicious day, we celebrate our constitution. We have once again reaffirmed our belief in democracy that our constitution will continue to guide us as it also protects the rights of every citizen. That’s what we said and that’s the message we want the world to know. Seychelles is a democratic state, and that Seychelles will respect every citizen and every foreigner in our land, and at the same time through democratic processes and the way we make laws and the way the judiciary operates, and especially the way the executive carries out its functions, it will always respect the rights of every citizen,” the president said.

Also present were the Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Ahmed Afif, and Mrs. Stella Afif, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Roger Mancienne, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Rony Govinden, Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Fiona Robinson, Designated Minister and Chair of the National Celebrations Committee, Mr. Jean-François Ferrari, Ministers, Head of Government Affairs in the National Assembly, Hon. Bernard Georges, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ted Barbe, Chief of Forces of Defence, Brigadier Michael Rosette, the Director General of the Seychelles Intelligence Service, Mr. Benediste Hoareau, members of the National Celebrations Committee and other distinguished guests.

The day was also commemorated with flag-raising ceremonies on the other two largest islands of the archipelago, Praslin and La Digue, accompanied for the first time by the Seychelles Band and Military Parade as well as various performances by young Seychellois.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of State House – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles.

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