Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Rt Hon David Cameron MP - UK Parliament
10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

 Dear Prime Minister,

It is with regret that I have read that you have recently sent a message to congratulate James Michel on his election victory as the President of the Seychelles.

As you are well aware, the last presidential elections that were held on the 18th of December 2015 in the Seychelles have been contentious and are disputed. Following allegations of widespread vote rigging, bribing of voters and intimidation of opposition voters, the opposition parties have referred this matter to the courts in the Seychelles. The case is ongoing. The government of the United States of America has raised serious questions about the validity of those election results and has called on the regime to address the concerns raised by the opposition.

James Michel; the illegal President
 These elections as with previous ones have followed very much the same pattern of irregularities by the ruling regime, ever since Prime Minister John Major played a major role in forcing the return of multi-party democracy in 1992.

My family is of Seychellois descent and my husband was exiled from Seychelles by this very regime that has held an iron grip in the Seychelles since they usurped power in the Seychelles on the 5th of June 1977. His brother, Gerard Hoarau, who was the leader of the exiled opposition was gunned down in the streets of London on the 29th of November 1985. This case has yet to be solved by Scotland Yard. Previous to that agents of that regime had illegally bugged his house on British soil. The current regime in the Seychelles has changed very little from the one that usurped power in 1977. James Michel was one of the ringleaders in that coup that eventually led to the imprisonment, forced exile and disappearances of many political opponents.

James Michel; the terrorist
 Frankly we are deeply dismayed by your congratulatory message to James Michel and his regime especially as those election results are still being contested in the courts. While I applaud the stand of the US government in this regard, we feel that your message, which is tantamount to one of support and recognition for such a regime was ill timed and is a complete betrayal of the conservative values of democratic, responsible and accountable governance that is the very essence why we vote Conservative. This regime and its supporters are now using your message, pasting it all over social media as a ringing endorsement of them and their methods.

US Ambassador Vilarosa with Linyon Sanzman leaders
We wish to express our disappointment and urge you as both a Conservative and Prime Minister of Britain, one of the world’s oldest democracies to be more critical of that regime so as to help in the ongoing struggle to establish real democracy and transparent governance in the Seychelles.

Yours sincerely,

 Josette Hoarau

Source:Seychelles Hero: Gerard Hoarau Group