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Yearbook 2006

Seychelles. In July, incumbent President James Michel was re-elected with 54% of the vote. Michel represents the Seychelles Progressive People's Front (SPPF), which has been a ruling party since 1977. The main opponent, Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party (SNP), got 46%. The economy was the most important issue in the electoral movement and turnout was close to 89%.

According to CountryAAH, about 100 people protested outside Parliament in early October in protest of the election of the elected officials by a law restricting private ownership of radio stations, which meant that the opposition's hopes for its own radio station were shattered. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. Several people were injured, including opposition leader Ramkalawan. Critics said the police used too much force, and the president immediately investigated the matter.

Tourism, Seychelles' main source of income, declined at the beginning of the year due to the so-called chikungunya virus. The mosquito-borne virus was transmitted from island to island in the Indian Ocean. By April, some 250,000 people in the region had been infected, including close to 10,000 in the Seychelles. The authorities have long tried to tone down the issue and did not speak as openly about the spread of infection as their colleagues in the other island nations.

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