Seychelles President James Michel congratulates UK's re-elected Prime Minister for 'vision and leadership'
The Seychelles President James Michel. (Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles President has joined world leaders and sent a message of congratulations to the re-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron.
In a press statement issued this afternoon by the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michel described Cameron’s re-election as “an attestation of the confidence that the British people had in his vision and leadership.”
The Seychellois Head of State highlighted the “deep historic and cultural ties” which exist between Seychelles and the United Kingdom and also expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister and his country’s continued assistance to Seychelles, especially in the field of maritime security.
“The maritime safety of the Indian Ocean is key not only for trade routes and safety passages for other ships but more importantly for the protection of the tourism and fisheries industry of Seychelles which are the pillars to our economy. Moreover, the successful promotion and sustainable management of the Blue Economy will be based on the security of the region and also through the mutual collaborations between our countries,” said Michel in the statement.
Michel has expressed the desire to see the further consolidation of the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two sides “for their mutual benefit and interests of their respective people.”
Surprise Tory election victory
Final results following Thursday’s elections across Great Britain and Northern Ireland reveal that Cameron’s Conservatives won an outright majority of 331 seats out of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, 24 more than in 2010.
Labour have won 232, the Lib Dems 8, the SNP 56, Plaid Cymru 3, 1 seat each for UKIP and the Greens and others 19.
According to the BBC, the re-elected Prime Minister has promised to lead a government for "one nation" and make "Great Britain greater".
“The Conservative leader is now beginning the process of putting together the new government, which will have a parliamentary majority of 12. Senior Cabinet appointments are expected to be announced later on Friday,” reads the BBC article.
The Conservatives’ 331 seats win which is five more than what is required for a Commons majority is their first such victory since 1992. The victory means they will be able to govern without the need for a coalition or a formal agreement with other parties.
The Labour Party’s Ed Miliband, Lib Dems Nick Clegg and UKIP’s Nigel Farage have all resigned following the announcement of the election results.
Thursday’s vote had been forecast to be the UK’s most unpredictable election in living memory, with opinion polls suggesting that no party would win a majority.
According to the BBC, an inquiry is to now going to be held into “the mismatch between opinion polls during the campaign and the actual result.”
A total of 66 percent of eligible voters took part in the process.