The opposition in the Seychelles has won the country’s presidential election for the first time since 1977.
Wavel Ramkalawan, an Anglican priest defeated incumbent President Danny Faure who has been in power since 2016 by 54.9% to 43.5%.
Seychelles is a former British colony which became independent in 1976.
President Faure’s United Party seized power in a coup in 1977 and has retained the presidency since then even after multi-party democracy was restored in 1993.
Ramkalawan’s supporters have been celebrating his victory in the capital, Victoria.
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The president-elect, Ramkalawan said after his victory that there were no losers or winners.
Mr Ramkalawan said “Mr Faure and I are good friends. And an election does not mean the end of one’s contribution to one’s motherland.
“In this election, there were no losers, there were no winners – our country was given the opportunity as the ultimate winner.”
Ramkalawan had sought the presidency six times before emerging victorious.