Maldives poll body officially declares Solih President-elect

‘Complaints do not affect poll outcome’
The Elections Commission of Maldives on Saturday officially named Ibrahim Mohamed Solih President-elect, about a week after he dislodged incumbent President Abdulla Yameen in a crucial election that saw a near-90% voter turnout. The Commission declaring Mr. Solih winner brought relief to Opposition members who feared Mr. Yameen might attempt tampering with the official results before Sunday’s deadline. Their concern grew after scores of supporters of the outgoing President reportedly complained about not being allowed to vote. Former President and exiled Opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed said in a tweet: “With this election victory, the members and supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party have yet again pulled the #Maldives back from the brink of authoritarian rule. Your imagination and hard work will never be forgotten in Maldives’ history.” Meanwhile, Mr. Yameen managed to retain leadership of the Progressive Party of Maldives, at its first congress since his election defeat held on Friday night. According to media reports, Mr. Yameen was elected uncontested.
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