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    Seychelles Government - 2006

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Seychelles
      conventional short form: Seychelles

      Government type:


      Administrative divisions:
      23 administrative districts; Anse aux Pins, Anse Boileau, Anse Etoile, Anse Louis, Anse Royale, Baie Lazare, Baie Sainte Anne, Beau Vallon, Bel Air, Bel Ombre, Cascade, Glacis, Grand' Anse (on Mahe), Grand' Anse (on Praslin), La Digue, La Riviere Anglaise, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Pointe La Rue, Port Glaud, Saint Louis, Takamaka

      29 June 1976 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Constitution Day (National Day), 18 June (1993)

      18 June 1993

      Legal system:
      based on English common law, French civil law, and customary law

      17 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President James MICHEL (since 14 April 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President James MICHEL (since 14 April 2004); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; election last held 31 August-2 September 2001 (next to be held August 2006)
      election results: France Albert RENE re-elected president; percent of vote - France Albert RENE (SPPF) 54.19%, Wavel RAMKALAWAN (UO) 44.95%, Philippe BOULLE 0.86%; note - the first time that presidential elections have been held separately from legislative elections; France Albert RENE stepped down 14 April 2004 and Vice President James MICHEL was sworn in as president

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (34 seats - 25 elected by popular vote, 9 allocated on a proportional basis to parties winning at least 10% of the vote; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 4-6 December 2002 (next to be held in December 2007)
      election results: percent of vote by party - SPPF 54.3%, SNP 42.6%, DP 3.1%; seats by party - SPPF 23, SNP 11

      Judicial branch:
      Court of Appeal; Supreme Court; judges for both courts are appointed by the president

      Political parties and leaders:
      Democratic Party or DP [James MANCHAM, Daniel BELLE]; Mouvement Seychellois pour la Democratie [Jacques HODOUL]; Seychelles National Party or SNP (formerly the United Opposition or UO) [Wavel RAMKALAWAN]; Seychelles People's Progressive Front or SPPF [France Albert RENE, James MICHEL] - the governing party

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Roman Catholic Church; trade unions

      International organization participation:
      ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, InOC, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, NAM, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Jeremie BONNELAME
      chancery: 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400C, New York, NY 10017
      telephone: [1] (212) 972-1785
      FAX: [1] (212) 972-1786

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      the US does not have an embassy in Seychelles; the ambassador to Mauritius is accredited to the Seychelles

      Flag description:
      five oblique bands of blue (hoist side), yellow, red, white, and green (bottom) radiating from the bottom of the hoist side

      NOTE: The information regarding Seychelles on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Seychelles Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Seychelles Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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