President Ramkalawan approves the Constitutional Act of the Republic of Seychelles (Tenth Amendment) 2022

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President Wavel Ramkalawan has approved the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles (Tenth Amendment) 2022 in a ceremony held at the State House yesterday afternoon. The National Assembly approved the bill on May 31, 2022 and yesterday the President approved the bill.

The 2008 Constitutional Review Committee recommended that article 163 of the Constitution be amended to crystallize the functions and powers of the Defense Force. In this regard, the Government seeks to make it clear in the Constitution that the Armed Forces may exercise the power to enforce any written law with respect to matters such as public security, environmental protection, maritime security or maritime zones.

The bill also seeks to change the words “Seychelles Defense Forces”, wherever they appear in the Constitution, to the words “Seychelles Defense Forces”.

The President approved the bill in the presence of the Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally.

In his statement before approving the 2022 Seychelles Republican Constitutional Bill (Tenth Amendment), the President thanked all parties who have been involved in the amendment of this new bill. Namely, the Seychelles Defense Force, the Seychelles Police, the Judiciary (both the Supreme Court and the High Court), the Honorable Leader of the Opposition, the Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman, the media, the National Assembly Defense and Security Committee, the Seychelles Bar Association and other people and organizations.

“The military will not replace the police. The military will only provide support to the police and other public authorities in dealing with issues such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, quarantine, search and rescue, oil spill countermeasures, piracy and hostage negotiations. The public need not be afraid of this amendment. Unlike the 1979 Constitution, the current 1993 Constitution protects the rights and privileges of all Seychello citizens through the Seychellois Charter of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,” said the President.

Also present at the State Building for the ceremony were the Vice President, Mr Ahmed Afif, Chief of the Defense Force Brigadier Michael Rosette, Police Commissioner Ted Barbe, Chair of the National Assembly, Hon. Roger Mancienne, Chief Justice, Justice Rony Govinden, Head of Government Business in the National Assembly, Hon. Bernard Georges, Ombudsman, Mrs. Nichole Tirant-Ghérardi, Chief of the visible police, Inspector Antoine Desnousse, and Assistant Principal State Counselor in the Prosecutor General’s Chamber. Mr Stefan R. Knights (LLB LEC MSc LLM).

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the State House – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles.

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President Ramkalawan approves the Constitutional Act of the Republic of Seychelles (Tenth Amendment) 2022

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