Republic of Seychelles
Repiblik Sesel (Creole)
République des Seychelles (French)
Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since June 29, 1976; present constitution approved by referendum of June 18, 1993.
Area: 171 sq. mi. (429 sq. km.).
Resident Population: 75,876 (1997C); 87,000(2008E). Some 30,000 Seychellois live abroad, mainly in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Major Urban Center (2005E): VICTORIA (25,100).
National Languages: Creole, English, French.
Monetary Unit: Seychelles Rupee (official rate December 1, 2009: 10.98 rupees = $1US).
President: James Alix MICHEL (Seychelles People’s Progressive Front); elevated (from vice president) to the presidency on April 14, 2004, following the retirement of France Albert RENÉ (Seychelles People’s Progressive Front); directly elected in balloting of July 28–30, 2006, and sworn in for a five-year term on August 1.
Vice President: Joseph BELMONT (Seychelles People’s Progressive Front); nominated ...