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Seychelles re-elects president for 5-year term

Officials say that the president of the island nation of the Seychelles has been re-elected to a five-year term.

The office of the electoral commissioner said Sunday that incumbent president James Michel from the ruling Lepep party took 55 percent of the vote. The commission says challenger Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party took 41 percent. Two other challengers accounted for the remainder.

Michel later addressed citizens on national television and said he would work for the well-being of all Seychellois.

About 58,000 people voted during the peaceful three-day poll, a turnout of around 83 percent.

The East African nation is mainly reliant on tourism and fishing. Prince William and his bride just spent a 10-day honeymoon there.