After six long battles for the presidency seat, Ramkalawan has finally won the Seychelles presidency. 40 years later into the country’s independence. With 54.9% of the total votes cast in his favor, the news was not much well-received by his close rival, Danny Faure, who later came to agree with the people’s choice. The opposition candidate was on Sunday declared Seychelles next president by the chair of the Electoral commission Danny Lucas. The resilience of Ramkalawan finally paid off. It’s now time for the Anglican priest to serve his country and to deliver his promises to the very people he has fought hard for to believe in him.
Ramkalawan 2015 close victory
Dating back to the year 2015 when the country was having an election, Ramkalawan lost to his fellow candidate James Michel by a mare margin of 193 votes. This was after the second re-election was instigated by the electoral commission for further clearer and unbiased results. All of which left Ramkalawan losing for the sixth time.
In his first presidential speech, Ramkalawan was very happy to confirm that his victory was more of the country than it was his. He further acknowledged that his friendship with Danny Faure, was not defined by the elections, and there was no winner nor loser. Faure, who managed to gain 43.5 percent of the votes cast, was spotted nodding in agreement with the president’s remarks.
The former ruling party, unwanted
In terms of equality, Seychelles lags behind. This country is among the most inequitable countries in the world. Seychelles has great disparity when it comes to income and wealth distribution on the island. In fact, most of the hotels and tourist businesses are owned by foreigners residing in the country. Apparently, the citizens who mostly account for the descendants of the people under colonization are less wealthy.
Although the ruling party used to seek support from the less wealthy nationals, people seem to have lost confidence in them. Hence the online campaigns didn’t much work in their favor. Meanwhile, the country is still struggling to make ends meet. Following the impact, Coronavirus has made on the country’s economy. This is a result of the much affected economic industry. Currently, the tourism sector is at a standstill with little revenue to support the economy.