Seychelles. In April, a constitutional amendment was
approved in a vote in Parliament. According to
countryaah, the proposal, created on
the initiative of President James Michel, was aimed at
limiting the number of terms a President should be able to
sit. From now on, the head of state can only be elected
In September, parliamentary elections were held. Unlike
in 2011, the opposition was running for election this time.
It ended with a loss for the ruling party Parti Lepep, who
had to settle for 14 of 33 seats. The other 19 seats went to
the Seychelles Democratic Alliance (LDS) coalition, formed
before the election of the largest opposition party, the
Seychelles National Party, along with four smaller parties.
Later that month, President Michel announced his
intention to leave office in October and would be replaced
by Vice President Danny Faure. The SNP's party leader, Wavel
Ramkalawan, who lost extremely little to Michel in the 2015
presidential election, demanded that a new election for the
presidential post be announced. However, Faure took office
as head of state in mid-October.
Since May, homosexuality is no longer a crime in
Seychelles. The National Assembly voted in favor of a
proposal to decriminalize homosexual acts, which could
previously be punished by up to 14 years in prison.