Maldives opposition leader wins upset poll victory : official result

2018-09-23 21:26
Plan your visit to the Maldives with this Quick Guide. (Photo: iStock)

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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won an upset victory in the Maldives' presidential election  on Sunday, official results showed, after a controversial campaign observers said was rigged in favour of strongman President Abdulla Yameen.

The opposition candidate had an unassailable lead of 34 000 votes over Yameen with just 27 000 votes to be declared late on Sunday, according to polling station results broadcast over local media.

In a victory speech in Maldives' capital Male, Solih called it "a moment of happiness, hope and history", AP reported.

"I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power," Solih said on national television shortly after official results showed he had an unassailable 58 percent of the popular vote.

"The message is loud and clear. People want justice and stability and we will ensure accountability," he added.

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