Maldives opposition leader wins upset poll victory

Maldives opposition leader wins upset poll victory

Yameen did not concede, and his campaign couldn't be reached for comment. "I have congratulated him", Yameen said.

Before the election, there were warnings that Yameen could try to hold on to power at all costs. Accusations of fraud have plagued both sides.

Voting began on Sunday, September 23, in the Maldives for the presidential polls amid political turmoil and fears of vote rigging.

Some in India, meanwhile, called for an intervention in a small, neighbouring country once seen as firmly within its sphere of influence.

Under the Yameen administration, China invested millions of dollars in several big-ticket infrastructure projects in the nation in a bid to reverse the nation's original "India first policy".

"I have accepted the results from yesterday (Sunday)", Abdulla Yameen said in a televised address to the Indian Ocean nation a day after the joint opposition candidate unexpectedly triumphed. He said police would share details of the raid after it was over. Amidst growing scepticism over the Commission's independence, Akram told The Hindu from Male over telephone, "I don't know how they [critics] define free and fair election".

India also hoped that the Maldivian Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the earliest. This is a vote for democracy and freedom.

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Few foreign media organizations were allowed into the country to cover the election.

Under Mr Yameen, political rivals, judges and even his half brother, the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, have been jailed or forced into exile.

"For many of us this has been a hard journey, a journey that has led to prison cells or exile". "It is high time that we should rise to change the government".

On Monday the Maldivian government acknowledged that the main opposition candidate Solih had defeated President Yameen in the election.

She said, "The Maldives risks becoming just another banana republic". But the run-up to the election was not an easy task for Mr. Solih. He has been representing Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldivian Parliament since then. China is spending about $62 billion in Pakistan alone as part of the program, tilting another American ally further into its axis. "Under President Yameen, everything has improved", said Latheef, who gave only one name.

What role has China played in the Maldives?

Despite assurances to the contrary, Beijing has steadily bolstered its presence on a collection of disputed reefs in the South China Sea, eventually building bases there.

Earlier, on Sunday evening, when the trend lines during the counting were starting to become clear, ruling Progressive Party of Maldives's (PPM) parliamentary leader Ahmed Nihan had tweeted, "Ruling PPM's majority leader in parliament tweets - "PPM will have the courage to accept the results, even if we win or lose". Others said they could not get visas in time.

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