Seychelles: James Michel to stand down as president
President James Michel of the Seychelles has said he will stand down next month after 12 years in office.
The 72-year-old was re-elected for a third term in December with a slight majority.
But his party lost parliamentary polls earlier this month, after 39 years in power in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
He is due to resign on 16 October, and to be replaced by Vice-President Danny Faure, who can serve only two terms under a new constitutional amendment.
"After 12 years as president, the time has come to hand over the reins of power," Mr Michel said in a televised address. "A... read more
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