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Seychelles Government

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

    Data code: SE

    Government type: republic

    Capital: Victoria

    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

    Independence: 29 June 1976 (from UK)

    National holiday: National Day, 18 June (1993) (adoption of the constitution)

    Constitution: 18 June 1993

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

    Suffrage: 17 years of age; universal

    Executive branch:
    chief of state: President France Albert RENE (since 5 June 1977); note—the president is both the chief of state and head of government
    head of government: President France Albert RENE (since 5 June 1977); 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 20-22 March 1998 (next to be held by NA 2003)
    election results: President France Albert RENE reelected; percent of vote—France Albert RENE (SPPF) 61%, Wavel RAMKALAWAN (UO) 27%, Sir James MANCHAM (DP) 12%

    Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (35 seats—25 elected by popular vote, 10 allocated on a proportional basis to parties winning at least nine percent of the vote; members serve five-year terms)
    elections: last held 20-22 March 1998 (next to be held by NA 2003)
    election results: percent of vote by party—NA; seats by party (elected)—SPPF 24, DP 1; seats by party (awarded)—SPPF 6, DP 1, UO 3
    note: the 10 awarded seats are apportioned according to the share of each party in the total vote

    Judicial branch: Court of Appeal, judges are appointed by the president; Supreme Court, judges are appointed by the president

    Political parties and leaders: ruling party—Seychelles People's Progressive Front or SPPF [France Albert RENE]; Democratic Party or DP [leader NA]; United Opposition or UO [Wavel RAMKALAWAN]—a coalition of the following parties: Seychelles Party or PS [Wavel RAMKALAWAN], Seychelles Democratic Movement or MSPD [Jacques HONDOUL], and Seychelles Liberal Party or SLP [Ogilvie BERLOUIS]; New Democratic Party [Christopher GILL (former member of DP)]

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

    International organization participation: ACCT, ACP, AfDB, C, ECA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, InOC, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, NAM, OAU, OPCW, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO, WMO, WToO, WTrO (applicant)

    Diplomatic representation in the US:
    chief of mission: Ambassador Claude MOREL
    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 Seychelles

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

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