Mohamed Muizzu wins Maldives presidential elections

Mohamed Muizzu wins Maldives presidential elections

MOHAMED Muizzu is the candidate of the coalition of the Progressive Party of Maldives and the People’s National Congress.

The runoff election featured a head-to-head contest between incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Muizzu, who is also the mayor of the capital city, Male.

Muizzu’s party oversaw a significant increase in Chinese loans during its previous rule.

Muizzu received over 54% of the vote in the runoff election, prompting incumbent Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to concede.

Solih will remain as caretaker president until Muizzu’s inauguration on November 17.

This election result marks a setback for Solih’s efforts to shift the Maldives’ diplomatic alignment back toward New Delhi.

Muizzu, who played a role in a government development program funded in part by China’s Belt and Road initiative, has expressed his intention to strengthen ties with China.

The Maldives holds a strategically vital position in the Indian Ocean, along key shipping routes.

Muizzu’s mentor, former President Abdulla Yameen, heavily relied on Chinese funding for construction projects, causing strain in relations with India.

Muizzu has promised to release Yameen, who is currently imprisoned for corruption, and transfer him to house arrest.

Voter turnout was 85%.

Watchdog Transparency Maldives said there had been some incidents of electoral violence though it did not specify further details.

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