The Seychelles presidential election has seen an upset, with the electoral commission declaring longtime contender Wavel Ramkalawan the winner over incumbent Danny Faure
Opposition leader Ramkalawan, a priest who has largely devoted himself to politics, received 54% of the vote in the Indian Ocean island nation while Faure received 43%, the commission chair Danny Lucas said, calling the race “hotly contested.”
Faure acknowledged his loss and wished the winner well, the Seychelles News Agency reported. Ramkalawan’s party also won a majority of parliament seats, the agency reported.
The new president is expected to be sworn in Monday.
The voting turnout was roughly 75% in the country of just under 100,000 people whose tourism-heavy economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.