SNP presidential hopeful Ramkalawan has picked Nicholas Prea, the elected Member of the National Assembly for Bel Ombre, as his surprise running mate in the May election.
At 46, he is three years younger than Wavel Ramkalawan and is credited with his leadership qualities as the Opposition Whip in the Assembly.
The announcement was made at the party extraordinary convention at the STC Conference Hall on Sunday.
Mr Prea, is highly respected for his work in the National Assembly International Affairs Committee, his participation in the Seychelles’ negociation with the World Trade Organisation and the Economic Partnership Agreement.
Mr Ramkalawan described Mr Prea as exemplary, serious and competent.
“With a Vice-President as Mr Prea, am confident that Seychelles will be in good hands as he is the perfect right-hand man.”
Mr Prea’s soft and concessionary approach to politics is expected to appeal to the blue soft Parti Lepep supporters.
He is a devoted Catholic and father and has over the year worked tirelessly to help various communities notably the fishing and farming communities.
Mr Prea was introduced to the convention by his Assembly colleague, Hon. Gervais Henrie, who said he was inspired to join politics by Mr. Prea’s humane approach to politics.