People in Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles. Editorial credit: Helena G.H /


A single party dominated politics starting from independence, and for years after multiparty politics were introduced in the 1990s. In 2016, an opposition coalition won a majority of seats in the National Assembly, reflecting increasing political pluralism in practice. However, government corruption remains a problem, as does lengthy pretrial detention. Migrant workers remain vulnerable to abuse.

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Freedom in the World — Seychelles Country Report

Seychelles is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.