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President Wavel Ramkalawan – Picture by State House Seychelles.

Monday, 26 October 2020, Victoria, State House, Republic of Seychelles: H.E. Mr.  Wavel Ramkalawan, a 59-year-old erstwhile Anglican priest who has largely devoted himself to politics and the defence of human rights, was inaugurated as Seychelles’ president.

The latter’s deputy, Vice-President Ahmed Afif was sworn in on Tuesday, 27 October. 

President Ramkalawan’s (b. Mahé, 1961) Linyon Demokratik Seselwa party won more than a two-thirds majority of National Assembly’s seats in the October general election, marking a première successful transition of power to another political party since independence. 

Presidential predecessor Danny Faure’s United Seychelles party had been in office over the past 43 years. Since 2016, after a constitutional amendment limits presidential terms to two. A presidential term is meant for five years, in a country wherein the president serves as both, head of state and government. 

During his inauguration, President Wavel Ramkalawan reaffirmed a pledge to hike the minimum wage, and help the country to recover economically after the COVID-19 pandemic stifled the tourism-dependent economy. In order to buttress up his economic policy, President Ramkalawan summarily appointed Naadir Hassan as Minister of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning. 

For further information 
Presidency of Seychelles: http://www.statehouse.gov.sc/news/4985/seychelles-president-wavel-ramkalawan-sworn-into-office

Cabinet of Seychelles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_Seychelles

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