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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Wavel Ramkawalan Wins in a Decisive Vote as New President of Seychelles

Wavel Ramkawalan has won the national election to become the fifth president of Seychelles and the first to come from the opposition in 43 years.

Wavel Ramkawalan has won the national election to become the fifth president of Seychelles and the first to come from the opposition in 43 years.

Ramkawalan won the presidency with 54.9% of the votes, defeating incumbent Danny Faure who garnered 43.5% of the votes at the presidential and legislative elections held last Oct. 22 to 24.

The 59-year-old priest from the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS) Party was sworn in as the new head of state at a ceremony at the State House in Victoria last Oct. 26, marking a handover from one political party to another.

All of the previous presidents from Seychelles came from the United Seychelles party since the 115-island country in East Africa gained its independence from Britain four decades ago.

In his inaugural speech, Ramkawalan called for national unity and said that the transition of power “is being done in a peaceful manner and Seychelles is an example to many countries, showing how this process can be done in peace, in a democratic way.”

Ramkawalan also personally committed that his government will “spearhead a strong anti-drug campaign to eliminate drugs in our country.”

According to the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation of Seychelles, the country has the highest per capita rate of heroin addicts in the world.

According to the Seychelles News Agency, LDS also won 20 out of 26 directly elected seats in the National Assembly.

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