Republic of Seychelles
République des Seychelles
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: 91,501 (2014E—UN); 91,650 (2014E—U.S. Census); some 30,000 Seychellois live abroad, mainly in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Major Urban Center (2011E): VICTORIA (27,000).
National Languages: Creole, English, French.
Monetary Unit: Seychellois Rupee (market rate October 1, 2014: 13.34 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; formed new government on July 1, 2010; reelected ...