Politics of Mayotte

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Politics of Mayotte takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic French overseas collectivity, whereby the President of the General Council is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. The status of Mayotte was changed in 2001 towards one very close to the status of the départements of mainland France, with the particular designation of collectivité départementale, although the island is still claimed by the Comoros. This change was approved by 73% at a referendum on Mayotte. After the constitutional reform of 2003 it became a collectivité d'outre-mer while keeping the title collectivité départementale de Mayotte.

Executive branch

The head of state is President Nicolas Sarkozy of France as represented by prefect Philippe Boisadam. The head of government is President of the General Council Ahmed Attoumani Douchina.

Legislative branch

The General Council (Conseil Général) has 19 members, elected for a three year term in single seat constituencies.

Political parties and elections

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