The Republic of Seychelles has a multi-party political system with an executive President as head of state and government. The President heads a Cabinet of 10 ministers which includes the Vice-President.
In April 2004 Mr. James Alix Michel replaced Mr. France Albert René as President after Mr. Rene had been in office since 1977. The Vice President is currently Mr. Joseph Belmont. The First Designated Minister is Mr. Danny Faure, who is also the Minister for Finance.
Legislative power is vested in a National Assembly of 34 members of whom 25 are elected directly in constituencies with the balance on proportional basis based on the results of the National Assembly elections. The Seychelles People’s Progressive Front (SPPF), currently led by President Michel, holds 23 seats in the Assembly. The main opposition party, the Seychelles National Party (SNP, previously known as the United Opposition) holds the other 11 seats. SNP is headed by Rev. Wavel Ramkalawan.
The other main political party (not currently represented in the National Assembly) is the Democratic Party (DP), headed by Mr. Paul Chow.
The Republic of Seychelles is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth and La Francophonie. It has embassies in Paris and New York as well as numerous honorary consulates worldwide.