The Maldivian Government Today acknowledged that the main opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had defeated President Abdulla Yameen in an Election, Amid International Calls for him to concede.
Earlier, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who fought a bitter election campaign against Yameen, said he had won Sunday’s Presidential vote with a 16 percent margin after 92 percent of the votes had been counted.
After Ibrahim Solih’s announcement, his supporters poured onto the streets to celebrate the victory.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the main opposition campaign centre in male in a jubilant mood, chanting “Ibu, Ibu, Ibu” and calling on Yameen to concede defeat.
Yameen had been expected to cement his grip on power amid criticism over the fairness of the vote on the islands.
The Indian Ocean Nation’s Election Commission said it would release official results by Sept. 30, as stipulated in the constitution.