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The Political Strategy…
Appreciating the relationship between the various forces at national and international levels, France Albert René saw that only a coalition government would be able to inspire and lead a united and progressive front of the people of Seychelles to independence.
In June 1975 having rooted the SPUP firmly among the people, he joined with the SDP in forming a Coalition Government.
On 1 October 1975 he became Minister of Public Works and Development and took part in the last Constitutional Conference in London on 19 January 1976. He stopped, at that time, appearing before the Bar in Victoria.
On 29 June 1976, Seychelles got its independence. France Albert René became Prime Minister and maintained his portfolio in Public Works and Development. His great experience and his strong sense of organisation were recognised by one and all.

However a man of law, independence did not represent simply a legal status. It had to mean a promise of well-being and social justice for all social classes.
France Albert René asked all Seychellois to stand up, to take their courage in their hands and form, with ardent will, a more humane, fraternal and truly democratic society, which would integrate its values. A legitimate ambition which required all Seychellois to overstep the barriers of the past and to choose deliberately the ways and means of combining and uniting all the active forces in the country that together were to create the future.
On 2 June 1978, the SPUP changed into a National Front – the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front, with France Albert René as its President. There is one fundamental aim in its constitution: “To create a socialist state wherein all citizens, regardless of colour, class, race or creed, shall have equal opportunities and be afforded with the basic needs of life in a modern society, such as security of income, medical care, good and hygienic housing, free and compulsory education, opportunities for the young and care for the aged”.

“If we think that there should be a one-party state in Seychelles we will have to ask ourselves a few questions. Should this Party continue to be called SPUP? Or should we now establish a National Progressive Front in which all people, no matter what they felt before, who believe and accept the principles of that movement, will be able to give a hand and move the country forward into a new age?”

Mr. René asked Congress before they voted to change the name SPUP to SPPF.
On 27 June 1979, at the general election, France Albert René was elected President of the Republic of Seychelles.
Profoundly humane, simple in action and word, and burning with justice and dignity, President René is regarded as a man of prestige.
France Albert René has won all elections during the one-party state and similarly after Congress voted to launch multi-party democracy in Seychelles, that is, until April 2004 when he transferred power to his successor James Michel.
During the one party state, Mr. René started opening up access to everything, to all. Hence, free education for all, free health care, access to home, and land ownership, access to business credit through the creation of the Development Bank of Seychelles and even access of all to foreign travel.
By opening access to all the old system crumbled because all they once had the common men had access to. Accessibility was the arm that destroyed social injustices and inequality by promoting social upward mobility through greater income, property ownership, business ownership and enlightenment.
So SPUP’s mission was to win independence for Seychelles and SPPF had the task of nation-building.