The opposition leader in the Seychelles said today he will appeal to the constitutional court to overturn election results after President James Michel won a second-round vote by the slimmest of margins. The announcement comes a day after Michel was sworn back into office for a third term at the presidential residence in Victoria, the capital on the Indian Ocean archipelago’s main island of Mahe, alongside his vice-president Danny Faure. The electoral commission said Saturday that Michel, 71, had won the second round of the election by just 193 votes — with 50.15 percent support against 49.85 percent for his rival Wavel Ramkalawan.
Five-time candidate Ramkalawan, 54, an Anglican pastor, said he will submit a petition at the Constitutional Court requesting the cancellation of the election results and the holding of a third round vote.
“We will take all steps to ensure the elections respect the will of the Seychellois people,” Ramkalawan said at a press conference, alongside other opposition leaders who had backed him in the second round against Michel.