Male (Maldives). Opposition candidate Mohammed Muizz won the presidential election in Maldives on Saturday, securing more than 53 percent of the votes. Local media gave this news. This election was being seen as a referendum on which regional power, India or China, would have more influence in the country. According to the news of ‘Miharu News’, outgoing President Ibrahim Mohammad Solih got 46 percent of the votes and Muiz got more than 18,000 votes. Official results can be announced on Sunday.
“With today’s result we have the opportunity to build the future of the country,” Muise said in a statement after the victory. Got the power to ensure the independence of Maldives. This is the time to put aside our differences and work together. We need a peaceful society.” Muiz also urged Solih to send former President Abdulla Yameen to jail instead of putting him under house arrest. This victory is a surprise for Muijs, as he ran as an alternative candidate. Muiz had filed his nomination at the last moment after the Supreme Court had barred Yameen, who is serving a sentence on money laundering and corruption charges, from contesting the elections. “Today’s result reflects the patriotism of our people,” said Mohammad Sharif, a top official of Muiz’s party. It calls on all our neighbors and bilateral partners to fully respect our independence and sovereignty.
In the first round of voting for the presidency held in early September, neither the main opposition candidate Muise nor current President Solih could get more than 50 percent of the votes. Solih was elected President for the first time in 2018. He was seeking re-election for a second term and is battling allegations from Muiz that he had allowed India an uncontrolled presence in the country. Muiz’s party ‘People’s National Congress’ is considered pro-China. Solih says that the presence of the Indian Army in Maldives is only for the construction of the port under an agreement between the two governments and it will not harm the sovereignty of his country. Muiz had promised that if he won the election, he would send back Indian troops present in the Maldives and balance the country’s trade relations. He says that currently trade relations are in favor of India. Muiz, an engineer by profession, was the Housing Minister for seven years. When he was nominated to contest the presidential elections, he was the mayor of the capital Male.
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