Politics

Solih confirmed winner of Maldives presidential election

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was Saturday confirmed as the official winner of the Maldives presidential poll, with around 58 percent of the total votes cast, as the election body said its members had received death threats.

He beat the incumbent, Abdulla Yameen, by more than 38,000 votes.

It has been a tense week since polls closed last Sunday evening, with the ruling party alleging fraud, accusations of a coup and security forces pledging to uphold the election result.

The head of the Elections Commission told media there had been no undue influence and no bribes. Bribes would have been rejected had they been offered.

Ahmed Shareef also said people would be charged for spreading gossip about EC members. The EC has insisted that nothing could affect the outcome.

He told the Maldives Independent earlier that all observers and political actors said the election went smoothly without any major problems.

Yameen received 96,052 votes compared to Solih’s 134,705.

The EC said a total of 423 complaints had been received by Thursday. Of these, 229 had been answered and 194 were outstanding.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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