Press release

Further congratulatory messages following second round election victory of President James Alix Michel in December run-off election

February 5, 2016

Following the victory of President James Alix Michel in the run off general election in December 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport has received additional congratulatory messages from various nations, organisations and individuals, which are transmitted to the President of the Republic.

Further to the previous Press Communiqué issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Transport, please find additional Heads of State, and Heads of Government as well as organisations having expressed their congratulations to the Republic of Seychelles and to President James Alix Michel:

  •       Commonwealth of Nations
  •       European Council
  •       European Commission
  •       Hungary
  •       Italian Republic
  •       Kingdom of Morocco
  •       People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  •       Republic of Austria
  •       Republic of Botswana
  •       Republic of Cuba
  •       Republic of Korea
  •       United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

 Please find excerpts of the messages received below:


Commonwealth Secretary General- Kamalesh Sharma:

“I write to extend warm congratulations on your inauguration for a renewed term as President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“These elections were one of the most competitive in your country’s history, leading to the first run-off since the resumption of multiparty elections in 1993. Once again, the people of Seychelles demonstrated their commitment to democracy by voting in a largely peaceful process.”

“I am confident that under your renewed leadership, Seychelles’ leading role in advancing the values and principles of the Commonwealth will continue to be strengthened. The Commonwealth stands ready to support you Government and people, in achieving our shared objectives.”

“Please accept my very best wishes for a successful tenure of office and my personal regards.”


President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker:

“..On behalf of the European Union, we would like to congratulate you on your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“We wish you every success in your mandate. The People of Seychelles have entrusted you with the responsibility of continuing the successful economic path and stability of your country…”

“The European Commission and Seychelles enjoy close relations and we stand ready to explore with you and your Government new areas of cooperation, which will correspond to Seychelles’ impressive achievement and future challenges..”


President of Hungary, János Áder: 

“I would like to express my sincere congratulations to Your Excellency on the occasion of your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“I hope that we will be able to further develop the bilateral ties between Hungary and the Republic of Seychelles for the benefit of both our countries and peoples in the upcoming years..”


President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella:

“I wish to extend my most sincere congratulations together with my best wishes for carrying out the high task that has been conferred to you.”

“I am sure that during the course of your Third mandate, the Republic of Seychelles with which the Italian Republic maintains excellent bilateral relations, will continue to play a major role in the stability of the Indian Ocean that Rome looks to with particular consideration.”

“I take this opportunity to renew, in the name of Italy and of all Italians sincerest personal wishes.”


King of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mohammed VI:

“Il m’est particulièrement agreeable, à l’occasion de Votre réélection à la Présidence de la République des Seychelles, de vous addresser mes felicitations les plus chaleureuses et mes voeux sincères de plein success dans Votre noble mission.”

“En Vous renouvelant sa confiance, le people Seychellois a tenu a render homage a Vos hautes qualities humaines et aux efforts que Vous n’avez cessé de déployer pour la realisation de ses aspirations à davantage de progress et de prospérité…”


President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Abdul Mahid:

“Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your re-election as the President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“ I firmly believe that under your stewardship the existing friendly relations between Bangladesh and Seychelles will be further strengthened in depth and dimensions in the years ahead.”


Federal President of the Republic of Austria, Heinz Fischer:

“On behalf of the people of Austria, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“Austria and Seychelles share manifold priorities of mutual interest, ranging from climate change to sustainable tourism and the promotion of multilateralism. I sincerely hope that during your third term, Excellency, our two countries will be able to expand our longstanding cooperation..”


President of the Republic of Botswana Seretse Khama Ian Khama:

“I wish to extend my congratulations to you on your re-election as the President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“..As you commence your mandate for the next five years, I wish to reaffirm Botswana’s commitment to further strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation that subsist between our two countries for the mutual benefit of our people.” 


President of the Council of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Raul Castro Ruz:

“Esteemed Friend, I extend to you my heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles..”


President of the Republic of Korea- Park Guen-hye:

“I would like to extend to you my congratulations on your re-election and a new term as President of the Republic of Seychelles.”

“It is my sincere wish that Seychelles, under your leadership, will maintain its political stability and integration, and achieve economic prosperity with the people of Seychelles.”

“I expect that that friendly and cooperative relations between our two countries will continue to be further developed and deepened on the auspicious occasion of the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between our two countries in 2016.”


Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, David Cameron: 

“Congratulations on your re-election as President of the Republic of Seychelles. I am proud of the strong ties between the UK and Seychelles, based on the common interests and shared values that you have done much to foster during your previous terms as President. I recall, in particular, our productive meeting in Downing Street at the time of the Somalia Conference in 2012.”

“Over the course of your new term I am confident that we can work together on a number of important issues, such as the implementation of the ambitious climate change agreement reached last year in Paris, maritime security and development of the Blue Economy.”

“I also welcome your leadership in your role as Chair of both the Alliance of Small Island States and the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia this year.”

“I look strengthening our cooperation further in the years ahead.”