The standard of living is among the highest
in Africa. Everyone has the right to free education and
health care. Almost the entire population has access to
both clean drinking water and sewage. The woman has a
relatively strong position.
There is a social insurance fund that covers pensions
as well as compensation for disabled, unemployed,
long-term sick, orphans and new mothers.
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The government's investment in health care has
produced results; infant mortality has decreased and
life expectancy has increased. The healthcare sector is
dependent on foreign staff, but the medical density is
high. The retirement age is 63 years and the elderly
care is free of charge. The government has programs for
cheap housing and mortgages. However, it is stated that
people with good contacts to the ruling Party Lepep are
Women have the same political, economic and social
rights as men. They are well represented in business,
but in politics the proportion of women has declined
since the early 1990s when almost half of the MPs were
women. After the 2011 election, just over four out of
ten MPs were women.
Women's trafficking and rape are common problems, but
these cases rarely reach court. In daily life, the woman
has a strong position. In the home, it is often the
woman who dominates, and the families are a little
loosely composed. Cohabitation is more common than
marriage. About three-quarters of children are born out
of wedlock, though many of them are recognized by their
fathers. One contributing reason is that weddings are
often a very expensive story. A family can do away with
half the annual income at a child's wedding. Sometimes
the bride and groom's family shares the cost.
Inheritance rights are equal for women and men.
Abortion is permitted only in special circumstances,
such as the risk to women's health or if pregnancy is
the result of rape.
Homosexuality has been prohibited for men but allowed
for women. In May 2016, however, Parliament voted to
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
12 per 1000 births (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
96.3 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
100.0 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
3.4 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
US $ 597 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
21 percent (2018)
Party Lepep wins the parliamentary election
The parliamentary elections that are going on for several days will start on
September 29. Party Lepep gets 89 percent of the vote, and PDM 11 percent. The
result means that all 31 seats go to Parti Lepep. The PDM becomes without a
mandate and the National Assembly is thus completely without opposition
A new opposition party is formed
Another new opposition party registered: Seychelles Freedom Party (SFP) with
Christopher Gill as party leader. Gill joins the boycott of the parliamentary
elections, saying that the country needs new laws to be a functioning democracy.
The opposition boycott the parliamentary elections
The leading opposition parties SNP and NDP decide to boycott the
parliamentary elections because they have not been heard for their demands for
changes in the electoral system. Just a few days later, a new party is
registered which is called the People's Democratic Movement (PDM). Leader David
Pierre has resigned as deputy secretary general of SNP. Several other defectors
from SNP also join.
Long prison sentence for Somali pirates
Five Somali pirates are sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Ready for new elections
Party Lepep votes by two-thirds majority to dissolve the National Assembly
and announce new elections. The Constitutional Court annulled the decision after
an appeal from SNP, but a new vote soon dissolves the Assembly again.
Michel re-elected President
In the May 19-21 presidential election, James Michel is expected to be
re-elected. He gets 55.5 percent of the vote against 41.4 percent for Wavel
Ramkalawan. Ralph Volcer from NDP gets 1.7 percent and independent candidate
Philippe Boulle 1.4 percent. The election lasts for three days so that voters on
remote islands can also participate.
New fisheries agreement with the EU
A new three-year fisheries agreement is concluded with the EU. Under the
agreement, the EU will pay € 3.4 million a year for the right to catch 52,000
tonnes of tuna.