The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel, has announced in a national televised address this evening, his intention to resign from his post on October 16, 2016.
On the same date next month, Vice President Danny Faure will be sworn in as the new President of the Republic of Seychelles.
President Michel thanked the people of Seychelles for their support and for the work they accomplished together in the development of the country.
“Many decisions were made this year. One of the decisions was the amendment to the Constitution to limit the terms of the President to two mandates. And tonight I am announcing my decision to resign from the post of President of the Republic,” President Michel said in the broadcast.
“I am leaving power, but I am not abandoning you. For me, power is not an aim in itself but a means to do good. To do good for our people. Together we did it, as much as the means and circumstances permitted us. The interest of the nation comes first… I am leaving the Office of the President with a sense of mission accomplished. During these 12 years that you gave me the honor and privilege to lead our nation, I have completed my responsibility and my duty.”
President Michel has already served two five-year terms and is about to complete 10 months in the third and final mandate. It was in April this year, after his re-election in December, that the National Assembly unanimously approved the constitutional amendment to limit the presidential and vice presidential terms to two five-year mandates, down from three five-year terms.
According to the Constitution, the President may, by writing addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, resign from the Office of the President.
His letter will be sent to the Speaker tomorrow.
“After 12 years as President, the time has come to hand over the reins of power to a new leader. A new leader who will take Seychelles to the next frontier of its development. To face and overcome the challenges of this century, without abandoning our principles,” said President Michel.
The President asked the people of Seychelles to give Mr. Faure and his team the same support that they had given him in the last 12 years.
“I will always thank you, people of Seychelles, for your support. Thank you for your trust in me. … At the end of the day, there is nothing more important, more honorable, more noble, than national unity. Let us make national unity our priority. National unity will guide us in our action and illuminate the future of our country.”