Security forces in the Maldives have said that they will uphold the shock result of the presidential election, foiling an apparent attempt by the defeated president Abdulla Yameen to cling to power.

Despite conceding defeat to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Mr Yameen and his party launched a series of manoeuvres late yesterday seemingly in an effort to overturn the result. The scheme led to fears of a coup by Mr Yameen, whose tenure was defined by growing authoritarianism.

Mr Yameen is believed to have tried to launch an investigation against Ahmed Shareef, head of the Elections Commission, who is due to formally declare Mr Solih the victor by Sunday. Mr Yameen’s Progressive Party of Maldives also reportedly alleged voting irregularities to the commission yesterday.

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