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25 Oct 2020 | 09:41 AM UTC

Seychelles: Opposition candidate wins election October 25 /update 1

Wavel Ramkalawan wins election and celebrations reported in Victoria on October 25; monitor the situation and avoid electoral-related gatherings

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Event

The opposition candidate Wavel Ramkalawan has defeated incumbent President Danny Faure in the presidential election according to official results announced on Sunday, October 25. Ramkalawan won by 54.9 percent to 43.5 percent and is expected to be sworn in on Monday, October 26. The opposition party also won more than a two-thirds majority of National Assembly seats.

Supporters of the opposition have reportedly gathered in the capital Victoria to celebrate following the victory which sees the opposition in power for the first time since 1977. Associated disruptions should be anticipated in the near term. Further gatherings are likely in the coming days and protests by defeated party supporters are possible.

Advice

Those in Seychelles are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of large gatherings or associated demonstrations, and heed all directives issued by local authorities.

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