Ex-pres Yameen urges support to boost Dr. Muizzu's runoff prospects

Former Maldives President and main opposition leader, Abdulla Yameen, has appealed for assistance to increase the PPM-PNC presidential candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu's votes in the presidential election runoff.

In the Maldives' presidential election held Saturday, Dr. Muizzu emerged as the frontrunner, securing 46.19 percent of the votes with 100,342 votes. Meanwhile, incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih trailed behind with 39.04 percent votes, amounting to 84,805 votes. As no candidate secured the 50 percent required for a single-round victory, a second round of voting has been confirmed.

In a message delivered through his legal team's lead counsel, Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, the currently incarcerated Yameen expressed his desire for the public to provide greater support to Dr. Muizzu and ensure his victory in the upcoming second round.

“This presents the best opportunity to remove foreign troops in the Maldives and liberate the country,” he said.

As of now, no political party has declared their support for either candidate for the second round of the election