Politics of Réunion

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This article concerns the politics of Réunion, an overseas département of France.

The island's conventional name is the Department of Réunion, or Réunion. It is also locally referred to as Île de la Réunion. The French flag is used on the island. The island's capital is Saint-Denis, and the island is divided into four arrondissements, 24 communes and 47 cantons.

Réunion is governed by French law, and its constitution is the French constitution of 28 September 1958. Suffrage is granted universally to all those over the age of 18.

The national holiday of the island is 14 July, Bastille Day, commemorating the Fête de la Fédération in 1790. The island's data code is "RE".


Executive Branch

The chief of state is the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, who is represented by Prefect Pierre-Henry Maccioni. The president of the General Council, who acts as head of the government, is Nassimah Dindar.

Elections held in Réunion include the French presidential vote. A prefect is appointed by the president on the advice of the French Ministry of the Interior. The presidents of the General and Regional Councils are elected by members of those councils.

Legislative Branch

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