Seychelles president James Michel steps down after change in law

Seychelles President James Alix Michel (left) with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014 on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York. AFP FILE PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • James Alix Michel, a former teacher, came to power in April 2004 after serving as VP to his predecessor France-Albert René between 1996 and 2004.
  • He has led the Indian Ocean archipelago since then and was even in his third term following re-election in December.
  • But earlier this year in April, the country’s National Assembly passed a unanimous constitutional amendment to cap presidential and vice-presidential tenure at two terms.

Seychellois President James Alix Michel announced on Tuesday he was stepping down from office, following a constitutional amendment earlier this year that meant he had exceeded his term in office.

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