Seychelles. According to CountryAAH, Victoria is the capital city of Seychelles. President James Michel’s ruling party, the Seychelles Progressive People’s Front (SPPF), retained its 23 seats in the National Assembly following the May 10-12 parliamentary elections. The party, which has ruled since 1977, still has an absolute majority in the parliament, which has a total of 35 seats. The two main opposition parties, the Seychelles National Party (SNP) and the Democratic Party (DP), joined forces in a coalition and gained 11 seats, which was as many as the SNP alone had before. The turnout was close to 86 percent.
The SNP had boycotted the National Assembly since October 2006, among other things. in protest of what the party considered to be police violence against protesters. SNP leader Wavel Ramkalawan had also demanded that the opposition should have as much access to the country’s media as the government and that the electoral procedure should be redone. The opposition considered boycotting the parliamentary elections, but eventually participated. The election was supposed to have been held in October, but because of the boycott of the opposition, President Michel chose to dissolve Parliament in March and advance the election.
- According to abbreviationfinder: SC is the 2-letter acronym for the country of Seychelles.
At the beginning of the 2000s, the thirty-year political dominance of the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (SPPF) and its leader FA René remained undisputed although signs of a certain disaffection towards the traditional political class began to emerge from the population.
The presidential elections held in July 2001 (two years before the official expiry of the mandate) while reconfirming René in power (54.2% of the votes) marked a consistent affirmation of the candidate of the opposition party, W. Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party (SNP, name assumed in 1998 by United Opposition), which won 44.9 % of the votes. This result was particularly significant because it was achieved despite the suppression of the main opposition newspapers and the substantial prohibition of freedom of the press. Also the legislative elections, held in December 2002, confirmed the gradual loss of consensus of the president and his party. The SPPF still got the majority of votes (54.3 %) but recorded a drop in the number of seats from 30 (obtained in the previous elections of 1998) to 23 ; the SNP won 42.6 % of the votes and 11 seats. In February 2004, René announced his imminent retirement from political life and in the following April he resigned, giving way to vice president J. Michel.
The new head of state said he was open to greater dialogue with the opposition, in particular on economic issues, and set the new presidential elections for 2006. Held in July, the consultations ensured once again victory for the SPPF, which saw its candidate Michel reconfirmed as president with 54.7 % of the votes, while Ramkalawan, reappearing for the fourth time, won 45.7 % of the votes. In foreign policy, the country improved relations with France in the same period and made agreements with Japan (2001) and with the Mauritius Islands.
Seychelles weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 31 to 32 ° C are to be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 28-29 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
The expected rainfall is around 11 days in March, around 14 days in April and around 11 days in May.
In the period from March to May, the sun shines an average of 7 to 8 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Mahé is in April, but with a little less sun you will have to get by in March.