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"Candidate of the Maldivian Democratic Party... Honourable Solih, won the election, having received 134,616 votes," the foreign ministry said after India and Sri Lanka welcomed Solih's victory in Sunday's poll. Nearly 90% of the 262,000 electorate turned out to vote, with some waiting in line for more than five hours as officials encountered technical glitches.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives' presidential election Sunday, following a controversial campaign observers said was rigged in favour of strongman President Abdulla Yameen. Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Yameen. India expressed hopes the election would represent a return to democratic norms.
Abdulla Yameen, the strongman president, is seeking a second term in office. In February, Yameen launched what the UN called an "all-out assault on democracy", declaring a state of emergency. The EU said could impose travel bans and asset freezes on individuals if the situation did not improve. The US has warned of action if the election was not free and fair.