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: 96,000 (2020E—World Bank); 95,981 (2020E—U.S. Census); some 30,000 Seychellois live abroad, mainly in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Major Urban Center (2018E—UN): VICTORIA (25,000).
National Languages: Creole, English, French.
Monetary Unit: Seychellois Rupee (market rate September 30, 2020: 17.96 rupees = $1US).
President: Daniel FAURE (People’s Party); elevated (from vice president) to the presidency on October 16, 2016, following the resignation of James Alix MICHEL (Seychelles People’s Progressive Front).
Vice President: Vincent MERITON (People’s Party); appointed by the president on October 28, 2016, to succeed Daniel FAURE (People’s Party) who was elevated to the presidency on October 16.