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Seychelles parliament blocks planned Indian naval base on remote island

Jun 22 2018

ANSE AUX PINS, Seychelles Seychelles parliament will not ratify a pact allowing India to build naval facilities on one of the archipelago’s islands, a top foreign affairs ministry official said on Friday.

Seychelles preserves swathes of marine territory in debt-for-nature deal

Feb 22 2018

VICTORIA The island nation of Seychelles designated some of its fragile coastal areas for protection from commercial fishing, oil exploration and development this week in return for a novel deal relieving it of part of its sovereign debt.

India boosts maritime reach with Seychelles pact to build naval facilities

Jan 31 2018

NEW DELHI/PORT VICTORIA India has signed a 20-year pact with the Seychelles to build an airstrip and a jetty for its navy in the island chain, the two countries said, as the South Asian nation steps up a contest with China for influence in the Indian Ocean.

Former World Bank director new Seychelles finance minister

Nov 02 2016

VICTORIA A former World Bank director became the new finance minister for Seychelles on Wednesday, at a time when the Indian Ocean island nation is seeking to bolster its status as a financial services hub.

Danny Faure sworn in as new president of Seychelles

Oct 16 2016

VICTORIA Danny Faure was sworn in as the new president of Seychelles on Sunday, after thousands marched through the capital of the East African island nation to support him after the previous president resigned.

Seychelles vice president to complete term of resigning president

Sep 28 2016

VICTORIA The Seychelles vice president will complete the five-year term of resigning President James Michel, a statement from the state house said on Wednesday, despite a shake-up of national politics after the opposition won parliamentary elections this month.

Seychelles opposition wins first vote in decades

Sep 12 2016

VICTORIA Opposition parties have swept to victory in Seychelles parliamentary elections, shaking up the political landscape after decades of control by President James Michel’s party.

Exclusive: Seychelles says helping worldwide probe into Malaysia's 1MDB fund

Apr 24 2016

VICTORIA The Seychelles is helping an international investigation into the troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the state's Financial Intelligence Unit on the Indian Ocean archipelago said.

Seychelles votes to limit presidential term limits

Apr 05 2016

VICTORIA Seychelles parliament voted on Tuesday to amend the archipelago’s constitution and limit presidents to two five-year terms in office, officials said, in contrast to wider Africa where many presidents have sought to extend term limits.

Seychelles president re-elected, opposition cries foul

Dec 19 2015

VICTORIA Incumbent James Michel won the run-off vote in Seychelles' presidential election, after securing 50.2 percent of votes cast, the election commission said on Saturday, while the opposition cried foul over irregularities.

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