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Ugandan-born takes over as Seychelles president


Danny Faure

Seychelles presidency Wednesday said a Ugandan-born who has been serving as the vice president will now lead the country.

Danny Faure has been tasked to complete the five- year term of outgoing President James Michel who stepped down this week after 12 years in office saying the time had come to hand over power to a new leader.

“I am leaving the Office of the President with a sense of mission accomplished,” Michel said in a statement.

Michel’s resignation came after last month’s election of an opposition majority in the National Assembly under the coalition Linyon Demokratik (LDS) who were protesting economic inequality in the country.

“During these 12 years that you gave me the honour and privilege to lead our nation; I have completed my responsibility and my duty,” Michel said.

He had served 10 months of his third and final five-year term in office before resigning.

A Ugandan by origin, Faure, a member of the ruling People’s Party (known previously as the Seychelles People’s Progressive Front/SPPF), now takes over and will be sworn in as president of the Indian Ocean country.

Faure, 54, has been serving as vice president since July 2010 and has been holding the portfolio of Minister of Finance since 2006.

He was born in Uganda at Kilembe mines in Kasese to Seychellois parents working at the mines.

They returned to Seychelles when Faure was nine years old.

Faure completed his primary and secondary education in the Seychelles before moving to Cuba in the 1980s where he acquired a degree in Political Science.

He returned to Seychelles in 1985 and became an assistant curriculum officer in the ministry of education and a lecturer at National Youth Service (NYS) and the Seychelles Polytechnic.

In June 1989, he was appointed director of the NYS.

Faure served as leader of government business in the National Assembly, a position he held until 1998 during the reign of France-Albert René.

In 1998, he was appointed Minister of Education and Finance minister in 2006.

Faure has also been the country’s governor of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and African Development Bank.

Uganda’s links to Seychelles date as back as 1899 when the British colonialists exiled Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda and Omukama of Bunyoro Kabalega to the island.

Ugandans like Justice Fredrick Egonda-Ntende, who is the country’s Chief Justice and Justice Duncan Gaswaga who was re-appointed as judge of the Supreme Court, have since served the island.

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