PM Modi congratulates people of Seychelles for conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the people of Seychelles for the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, this is a victory for democracy, a common value that binds India and Seychelles.
He also congratulated President of Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan on his historic win in the Presidential and Assembly elections. The Prime Minister said, India looks forward to a strengthening of the close and traditional relationship with Seychelles under his leadership.
Seychelles opposition candidate Wavel Ramkalawan has won the archipelago’s presidential election with 54.9 percent of valid votes cast, upsetting incumbent President Danny Faure.
“I declare… Ramkalawan as the elected candidate,” the electoral commission chairman Danny Lucas said on Sunday.
The opposition, narrowly defeated in a presidential election in 2015 and buoyed by a landmark victory in a parliamentary poll a year later, won its first presidential poll in the 40 years since Seychelles gained independence from Britain.
Ramkalawan, an Anglican priest and leader of the Seychelles Democratic Alliance, was running for the presidency for the sixth time. He lost the 2015 poll by 193 votes to James Michel in an unprecedented second round of voting.
“Faure and I are good friends. And an election does not mean the end of one’s contribution to one’s motherland,” Ramkalawan said in his victory speech. “In this election, there were no losers, there were no winners. Our country was given the opportunity as the ultimate winner.”
As Ramakalawan spoke, Faure, who garnered 43.5 percent of the votes, sat close by, nodding his head.