Danny Faure to become President on 16th October
President James Michel has announced that he is to step down from office on 16th October and hand over to his Vice-President Danny Faure.
In April this year Seychelles parliament passed a constitutional amendment limiting the president’s term to two five-year terms from the previous three. President Michel is currently starting his third term in office after winning in December last year President Michel by narrowly defeating Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party by 50.15% to 49.85%.
The president’s party, Parti Lepep, lost the general election on 10th September to the opposition Seychellois Democratic Union (Linyon Demokratik Seselwa; LDS). This was the first time the Parti Lepep had been out of power since 1993.
It is probably a combination of the constitutional changes and the loss at the general election which caused the president to make his decision.
The formal announcement on the State House website was as follows:
“Thank you for your trust in me”- President Michel announces he will step down on October 16th
Tue, 27 September 2016
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel, has announced in a national televised address this evening, his intention to resign from his post on October 16th 2016.
On the same date next month Vice-President Danny Faure will be sworn in as the new President of the Republic of Seychelles.
President Michel thanked the people of Seychelles for their support and for the work they accomplished together in the development of the country.
“Many decisions were made this year. One of the decisions was the amendment to the Constitution to limit the terms of the President to two mandates. And tonight I am announcing my decision to resign from the post of President of the Republic,” President Michel said in the broadcast.
“I am leaving power, but I am not abandoning you. For me, power is not an aim in itself but a means to do good. To do good for our people. Together we did it, as much as the means and circumstances permitted us. The interest of the nation comes first… I am leaving the Office of the President with a sense of mission accomplished. During these 12 years that you gave me the honour and privilege to lead our nation, I have completed my responsibility and my duty.”
President Michel has already served two five-year terms and is about to complete 10 months in the third and final mandate. It was in April this year, after his re-election in December, that the National Assembly unanimously approved the constitutional amendment to limit the presidential and vice-presidential terms to two five-year mandates, down from three five-year terms.
According to the Constitution, the President may, by writing addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, resign from the Office of the President.
His letter will be sent to the Speaker tomorrow.
“After 12 years as President, the time has come to hand over the reins of power to a new leader. Parti Lepep will take Seychelles to the next frontier of its development. A new generation of Parti Lepep will stay in power. To face and overcome the challenges of this century, without abandoning our principles,” said President Michel.
The President asked the people of Seychelles to give Mr. Faure and his team the same support that they had given him in the last 12 years.
“I will always thank you, people of Seychelles, for your support. Thank you for your trust in me.… At the end of the day, there is nothing more important, more honourable, more noble, than national unity. Let us make national unity our priority. National unity will guide us in our action and illuminate the future of our country.”