【Male】"The will of the people has spoken," said Maldivian Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, after his victory became evident late on Sunday(September 23), and called upon incumbent President Abdulla Yameen to ensure smooth transition of power.
A Maldives court released a political prisoner and heard appeals for freedom from several others on Monday (September 24), including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, just hours after strongman leader Abdulla Yameen conceded an election defeat.
In New Delhi, following the upset victory of the joint Opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in the Maldivian presidential elections, exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed, among the fiercest critics of outgoing President Abdulla Yameen, spoke of the need to restore civil liberties, implement the Opposition's common manifesto and his hopes of returning to the island nation.
The opposition was awarded victory in the Maldives presidential election, in a possible setback for China as the new leaders of the Indian Ocean archipelago nation aim to review major projects agreed with the outgoing administration.
However, the Maldives' opposition alliance says President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is working on ways to remain in power despite having conceded defeat in the presidential election earlier this week.
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