After a Historic Election Win, the Seychelles’ New President Faces Daunting Challenges

A view of Albert Street, the main traffic thoroughfare in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, Jan. 22, 2018 (Photo by Karlheinz Schindler for dpa via AP Images).
A view of Albert Street, the main traffic thoroughfare in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, Jan. 22, 2018 (Photo by Karlheinz Schindler for dpa via AP Images).

Longtime opposition leader Wavel Ramkalawan was sworn in as president of the Seychelles late last month, after a decisive election victory over incumbent President Danny Faure. Ramkalawan’s coalition, the Seychelles Democratic Alliance—known in Seychellois Creole as the Linyon Demokratik Seselwa, or LDS—also expanded its majority in parliament. In an email interview with WPR, Yolanda Sadie, a professor of politics at the University of Johannesburg, discusses what led to Ramkalawan’s victory and the many challenges facing his new government. World Politics Review: What is the historical significance of Ramkalawan’s presidency? Yolanda Sadie: Ramkalawan’s election victory, in his sixth attempt, was the […]

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