Upset in Seychelles presidential election as incumbent loses

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.


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