Seychelles. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Seychelles is 98,358 people in 2020. 69-year-old France Albert René resigned as
president in April but remained chairman of the SPPF
(Seychelles Progressive People's Front) government. The post
was taken over by Vice President James Michel, who has
previously taken care of some of the President's duties. New
Vice President became Environment Minister Joseph Belmont.
In December, Seychelles signed an agreement with
Mauritius on enhanced economic cooperation, including in the
In May 2011, President Michel was re-elected with 55.4%
of the vote. Wavel Ramkalawan got 41.4%. In July, Parliament
was dissolved when new elections were held - 1 year earlier
than planned. The Constitutional Court, a few days later,
declared the resolution invalid for procedural reasons and
ordered to reassemble, but then the resolution was a fact.
The September/October elections were boycotted by the
largest opposition party, the Seychelles National Party, in
protest that the government had not submitted electoral
legislation to regulate how much the parties had to spend on
the election campaign. The Peoples Party government
therefore took all 31 seats in parliament. The Popular
Democratic Movement received a good enough 10.9% of the
vote, but because of the design of the electoral system, it
gave no seats.
The Seychelles had good political and economic relations
with China and in November 2011 offered China that it could
establish a naval base to supply its anti-pirate patrols in
the Gulf of Aden. Two years earlier, the Seychelles had
asked India to send warships to protect against the piracy
in the Indian Ocean.
In August 2013, President Michel conducted a state visit
to Vietnam at the invitation of the Vietnamese President.
The Seychelles declared in January 2015 willing to help
Sri Lanka's new government investigate whether former
President Rajapaksa had secret accounts in Seychelles.
Rajapaksa stole large sums from government projects during
his reign, which may include. was stored in Seychelles,
which has 140,000 registered drawer companies and poor
account control - in line with Switzerland and Cyprus.