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Seychelles celebrates Constitution Day with flag-raising ceremonies on three major islands

Seychelles celebrates Constitution Day with flag-raising ceremonies on three major islands

Seychelles celebrates Constitution Day with flag-raising ceremonies on three major islands

The events commemorate the day the Constitution of the Third Republic of Seychelles was adopted by the Seychellois nation. (Seychelles nation)

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Seychelles celebrates the 31stst anniversary of the Constitution on Tuesday, June 18 during the flag raising on the three most populous islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.

The events commemorate the day when the Constitution of the Third Republic of the Seychelles was adopted by the Seychellois nation. On June 18, 1993, the island nation took a new direction, guided by fundamental principles essential to its development as a sovereign and democratic state.

The first flag-raising ceremony took place on the main island of Mahe on the ‘Lavva Lanasyonmonument in the capital Victoria. The ceremony was attended by the President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, Vice President Ahmed Afif, the President of the National Assembly, Roger Mancienne, the Chief Justice, Rony Govinden, and other senior government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.





President Wavel Ramkalawan, senior officials and dignitaries were present at the ceremony. (State House) Photo license: CC-BY

In his opening speech, the event’s master of ceremonies, Ahmadou Sylla, said the event “celebrates the unity and diversity of our people. We celebrate everything that unites us and makes us strong as a nation.”

Sylla said: “Amid the great challenges that our country and the world are going through, we have come here to shout very loudly that we are one people under one sun, united under one flag and the protection of our creator. Today we especially celebrate our Constitution, the fundamental document that guides us in our daily lives and shows us the direction our country should take.”

After the flag was hoisted, a blessing was given through a gospel song by the late Father Gustave Lafortune ”En Soley Pe Leve” (A Sun is Rising) performed by young people from the National Youth Council of Seychelles with Taniah Entertainments.





A late one Father Gustave Lafortune song was performed by SNYC youth and Taniah. (Seychelles Nation) Photo license: CC-BY

This was followed by the reading of a poem written and recited by Elodie Ah-Time, a student of the School of Advanced Level Studies, entitled ‘Monn Konnen’ (I Have Known), accompanied by Jael Ellen, a member of the National Youth Group.

The ceremony ended with a performance of a patriotic song, “Mon Sesel”, (My Seychelles), written by singer Simon Amade.

Two other flag-raising ceremonies will take place on La Digue, the third most populous island, and on Praslin, the second most populous island.