Two MNAs call for El Materi’s Seychellois passport to be revoked


Two members of the National Assembly are calling for Shakrh El Materi’s Seychellois passport to be revoked on the grounds that the way he was awarded Seychellois nationality and travel documents were unconstitutional.

During yesterday’s deliberations which were focused on the Constitution and civic education, the proportionate nominated member for Parti Lepep, Basil Hoareau and leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Wavel Ramkalawan both expressed their discontentment with the way that Shakrh El Materi, who is the son-in-law of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ali, had been allowed to stay in Seychelles.

During their interventions, both spoke strongly about the subject stating a need for his citizenship and the circumstances under which he was awarded citizenship to be reviewed and his passport revoked accordingly.

Mr Ramkalawan urged Mr Hoareau to bring a motion, which he would second before the National Assembly at its next sitting, for the National Assembly to deliberate and make a decision regarding the matter.

Mr Materi settled in Seychelles in 2011 after he fled Tunisia where he was listed to face several charges with severe life threatening sentences proposed. He was granted Seychellois citizenship as a stateless person by President Faure based on human rights grounds.

The National Assembly will sit next Wednesday.







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