Seychelles opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan wins presidency vote after 30 years of trying

Seychelles opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan has won the country’s presidential poll, marking the first time an opposition candidate has won the presidency since 1977.

The electoral commission announced that Ramkalawan, a former Anglican priest, garnered 54.9% of the vote while President Danny Faure captured 43.5%.

The win was slightly unexpected as Ramkalawan, at his sixth time of trying, landed the presidency of the archipelago island.

Seychelles is set for a peaceful transition of power, the State House said in a statement on its website that President-elect Ramkalawan and his vice president Ahmed Afif would be inaugurated later in the day.

In his victory speech, he reaffirmed a pledge to hike the minimum wage as Africa’s richest nation in terms of GDP per capita suffers economic strain due to the stifling of its tourism-dependent economy by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Defeated President Danny Faure accepted the results and vowed that his party would come up strong next time.

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