Seychelles National Day

Seychelles National Day

June 18
The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770 and remained in French hands until Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. In 1814, Seychelles was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris.
Under the British rule, the population of Seychelles doubled, and important estates that produced coconut, food crops, cotton, and sugar cane were established.
Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. The republic was under single party rule until December 4, 1991, when President France Albert RenÉ announced a return to the multiparty system of government. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty presidential and legislative elections were held in July. President RenÉ won that election and served as president until 2006.
June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles. This national holiday commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech.
CONTACTS:
Seychelles Tourism Board
P.O. Box 1262
Victoria, MahÉ Seychelles
www.seychelles.travel
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