Politics of Réunion

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Réunion, is 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[edit]

The chief of state is the French President, François Hollande, who is represented by Prefect Jean-Luc Marx. 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[edit]

The unicameral General Council has 47 seats. The unicameral Regional Council has 45 seats. Members of both are elected by direct election for six-year terms.


Party seats
Union for a Popular Movement 15
Socialist Party 10
Miscellaneous Right 10
Communist Party of Réunion 8
Miscellaneous Left 3
MoDem 3


Réunion elects seven representatives to the National Assembly.

Constituency Member Party
1st Ericka Bareigts PS
2nd Huguette Bello PCR
3rd Jean-Jacques Vlody PS
4th Patrick Lebreton PS
5th Jean-Claude Fruteau PS
6th Monique Orphé PS
7th Thierry Robert MoDem


Réunion elects four Senators to the French Senate for six-year terms. The current Senators are Michel Fontaine (LR), Paul Vergès (PCR), Didier Robert (LR) and Michel Vergoz (PS).

European Parliament[edit]

Réunion participates in French elections to the European Parliament as a part of the Indian Ocean section of the Overseas constituency, which also includes Mayotte. Younous Omarjee, from Réunion, is one of the three MEPs representing this constituency.

Judicial branch[edit]

Court of Appeals or Cour d'Appel

International organization participation[edit]

Indian Ocean Commission, World Federation of Trade Unions

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