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A group of islands in the Indian Ocean NE of Madagascar. There are more some 115 islands in the archipelago. 90% of the people reside on Mahe, the main island. Total area is 100 sq mls and the capital is Victoria.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1308)(SFEM, 3/16/97, p.209)

1976        Jun 29, The Seychelles gained independence after 165 years under British rule.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)

1977        Jun 5, In the Seychelles France Albert Rene (b.1935) seized power in a coup. He continued as president to 2004. This day became marked as Liberation Day.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France-Albert_Ren%C3%A9)(SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)

1981        Nov 25, In the Seychelle Islands a group of mercenaries poising as a touring rugby team staged an ill-fated attempted takeover of the country.

1993        Jun 18, In the Seychelles Albert Rene restored multiparty democracy and went on to win three straight elections. This was later marked as National Day.
    (AP, 8/1/06)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)(SSFC, 6/1/14, p.P3)

1995        Nov, The government passed its Economic Development Act which provides immunity to investors who place $10 million in “approved" Seychelles investments. Perks include protection against seizure of assets and in some cases diplomatic passports.
    (WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-12)

1996        Feb, The Financial Action Task Force cited the Seychelles Islands as: “a serious threat to the world’s financial systems." The Islands had passed an Economic Development Act that provided investors immunity for investing $10 million in “approved" Seychelles investments. The immunity is waived only in cases of drug trafficking or violent crime.
    (WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-12)

1997        Nov 22, The Miss World pageant in the Seychelles Islands was won by Diana Hayden (24), Miss India.
    (SFEC,11/23/97, p.A2)

2001        Sep 2, Voting ended and Pres. France Albert Rene won another 5 year term.
    (SFC, 9/4/01, p.B1)

2002        Dec 7, In the Seychelles after 3 days of voting Pres. France Albert Rene's party retained control of parliament even though the main opposition party more than tripled its number of seats.
    (AP, 12/7/02)

2004        Apr 14, Seychelles Pres. France Albert Rene, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, said he was ready to step down after nearly 3 decades at the helm of this Indian Ocean nation.
    (AP, 4/14/04)

2006        Jul 30, The Seychelles held presidential elections. External debt was reported to be $590 million for the population of 82,000 people.
    (Econ, 8/12/06, p.40)

2006        Aug 1, Officials said incumbent Seychelles President James Michel of the People's Progressive Front won nearly 54% of the vote over the weekend, while opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan got 46%.
    (AP, 8/1/06)

2009        Feb 28, The yacht Serenity, with two crew from the Seychelles on board, left the islands en route to Madagascar and disappeared. One of the crew called his family on March 24, saying he was being held by Somali pirates and begging for help.
    (AP, 3/25/09)

2009        Apr 1, A tourist yacht and its crew of seven was hijacked by Somali pirates near the Seychelles islands off Africa's east coast.
    (AP, 4/2/09)

2009        Apr 28, The Seychelles Coast Guard said it had arrested nine suspected pirates believed to be behind the weekend attempt to hijack the melody, a luxury cruise liner carrying an estimated 1,000 tourists in the Indian Ocean. The Spanish navy had tracked the skiff and apprehended the suspects. They were then turned over to the Seychelles Coast Guard.
    (AP, 4/28/09)

2009        Aug 29, The EU signed a temporary trade pact with Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and Madagascar calling for tariffs on European goods to be removed over the next 15 years.
    (AP, 8/29/09)

2009        Sep 6, Somali authorities, who say they were not informed of a hostage exchange plan, stopped a deal to swap three hostages held by Somali pirates with 23 suspected pirates, who had been held in the Seychelles.
    (AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Oct 13, French soldiers in the Indian Ocean opened fire on pirates, warding off an attack on two French tuna fishing vessels off the Seychelles Islands.
    (AP, 10/13/09)

2010        Jul 26, The island nation of Seychelles said it has prosecuted and convicted Somali pirates for the first time. A Seychelles court sentenced 11 Somali pirates to 10 years in prison each for their attempt to hijack the Seychelles coast guard patrol boat Topaz last December.
    (AP, 7/26/10)

2010        Nov 23, The EU’s anti-piracy naval force said that have caught 16 suspected Somali pirates over the past 5 days in the Indian Ocean with the help of the Seychelles coast guard.
    (SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)

2011        May 21, Seychelles' incumbent President James Michel said he was confident of re-election as residents of the archipelago's three main islands voted on the final day of a three-day polling. Michel from the ruling Lepep party took 55 percent of the vote.
    (AFP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)

2011        Dec 2, The Seychelles invited Beijing to set up a military base on the archipelago to beef up the fight against piracy there.
    (AFP, 12/2/11)

2011        Dec 13, An American military drone MQ-9 Reaper, which had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast, crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles during a routine patrol.
    (AP, 12/13/11)

2012        Feb 27, The Italian cruise ship Costa Allegra, from the same fleet as the tragedy-struck Costa Concordia, went adrift off the Seychelles with more than 1,000 people on board following a fire. A French fishing ship soon began towing the Allegra to the Seychelles. The ship reached the Seychelles on March 1 with all passengers and crew safe.
    (AFP, 2/27/12)(AFP, 2/28/12)

2012        Jul 25, Madagascan leader Andry Rajoelina and the man he toppled in 2009, Marc Ravalomanana, met on a remote Seychelles island to force a breakthrough in reconciliation efforts.
    (AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Dec 14, Tunisia’s justice minister said Sakhr Materi, the son-in-law of former Pres. Zine al-Abidine Ban Ali, was arrested in the Seychelles on an int’l. warrant over the embezzlement of state funds last year.
    (SFC, 12/15/12, p.A2)

2014        Feb 18, Two American security officers, Mark Daniel Kennedy (43) and Jeffrey Reynolds (44) were found dead Port Victoria, Seychelles, in a cabin on the Norfolk-based Maersk Alabama. The ship had grabbed headlines in a 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates, an incident dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. Police later said that a syringe and traces of heroin were found in their cabin. On April 29 Seychelles police said a mixture of heroin and alcohol caused the deaths of the two former US Navy SEALs.
    (AP, 2/20/14)(AP, 2/24/14)(AP, 4/29/14)

2014        Mar 30, The Seychelles transferred nine Somali pirates to serve the remainder of their jail sentences back home, taking the total transferred to more than 90.
    (AFP, 3/30/14)

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