Opposition politician, Wavel Ramkalawan, an Anglican priest won the Seychelles presidential election on Sunday on his sixth attempt making him the first opposition leader to win the presidential polls for close to four decades. Wavel did not wait for long as the votes he recorded in the first round were enough to clinch the top seat in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
A jubilant Wavel called for reconciliation to forge a way forward for the citizens of the tourism hub as his counterpart incumbent Danny Faure conceded defeat putting an end to the long dynasty of the People’s Party now United Seychelles Party that had held onto power for their 44years of independence. The Anglican priest’s supporters have already taken to the streets of the capital, Victoria to celebrate a new dawn.
After losing the 2015 polls by only 200 votes, started his journey to become the fifth president of Seychelles by mobilizing a population that was yearning for change thus leading his Seychelles Democratic Alliance to 54.9% of the vote to Danny Faure’s 43.5%. The opposition party, Seychelles Democratic Alliance, not only clinched the presidency but also the legislative election that was held concurrently with the presidential polls from Thursday to Saturday raising a pretty two-thirds of the parliament an equivalent to 25 seats as the incumbent United Seychelles Party raised a miserable 10 seats.
A nation whose economy is held up by the booming tourism industry due to its beautiful sandy beaches, Seychelles has seen its economy slow significantly since the start of novel corona virus pandemic due to restrictions of global travel as a way to contain the spread of the deadly virus. Much as the island has commendably managed the situation recording only 152 cases with no deaths, its effects were a major campaigning issue during the “scientific campaigns” that took place mainly over the various social media platforms as public gatherings had been banned.