Seychelles gives hope to Africa, but it still has much to do
The nation has been one of the most prudently managed African economies, but its new leader has his work cut out
The tiny island nation of the Seychelles, where the opposition came to power in peaceful elections for the first time since the end of colonialism, is a ray of hope, considering African elections are often stolen by governing parties.
In the most recent polls, including in Uganda, Tanzania and the Ivory Coast, ruling parties and leaders harassed the opposition and suppressed the media, civil society and electoral oversight organisations. On occasion, some even shut down the internet, social media networks and messaging services.
Seychellois politician and Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan defeated president Danny Faure in presidential and parliamentary elections in October. Faure’s United Party came to power in a coup a year after Britain granted independence to the Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 small islands in 1976. ..