RESIGNING: Seychelles President James Michel. He is set to step down mid next month.

Seychelles President James Michel, who came to power in 2004, has announced he will hand over power to his Vice President Danny Faure in October, after serving for 12 years as Head of State.

In a statement issued by the State House, no reason was given as 72-year old Michel made the announcement, but political analysts point to a constitutional amendment by the country’s 33-man parliament that has put the presidential mandate at a two five-year term limit.

Found in the Indian ocean Seychelles is a 115-island former French colony that is home to over 90,000 people.

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