The National Assembly has approved a bill that will set up a commission to provide the public with the opportunity to settle past political divisions and grievances that began with the 1977 coup d’état.

The Committee on Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity bill was brought before the National Assembly on Wednesday by Vice-President Vincent Meriton, who said that the bill will help to bring reconciliation and national unity in Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

“It represents an opportunity to resolve the controversies of our history so that we are able to move forward without the need to continuously pull the heavy laden of the past with us,” said Meriton.

The committee – established in 2017 by the National Assembly — was set up to begin the groundwork for the creation of a national, independent truth and reconciliation commission. 

Source: Seychelles News Agency