Réunion is an overseas département of France.
The island's conventional name is the Department of Réunion, or Réunion. The French flag is used on the island. The island's capital is Saint-Denis, and the island is divided into 4 arrondissements, 24 communes and 25 cantons.
Réunion is governed by French law under Article 73 of the Constitution of France, under which the laws and regulations are applicable as of right, as in metropolitan France. Suffrage is granted universally to all those over the age of 18.
The chief of state is the French President Emmanuel Macron, who is represented by Prefect Jerome Filippini. The president of the General Council, who acts as head of the government, is Cyrille Melchior. The President of the Regional Council is Huguette Bello.
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.
The unicameral Departmental Council has 50 seats (since 4.2015). The unicameral Regional Council has 45 seats. Members of both are elected by direct election for six-year terms.
Réunion elects seven deputies to the National Assembly for five-year terms.
Réunion elects four senators to the Senate for six-year terms.
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 the constituency.
The Judicial branch of the overseas département is run by the Cour d'Appel (Court of Appeals).
Reunion is a member in the Indian Ocean Commission (InOC) since 1986, and of the World Federation of Trade Unions.
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