Official result confirms overwhelming election win for Maldives opposition

Official results of last week's presidential elections confirmed an overwhelming victory for the opposition alliance.

Elections Commission on Sunday announced the official results which confirmed opposition alliance presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as the seventh president of the archipelago with a staggering 58.4 percent of the votes.

Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom garnered 96,052 votes with 41.6 percent.

Official results

  • President Yameen: 96,052 (41.6 percent)
  • Ibrahim Mohamed Solih: 134,705 (58.40 percent)
  • Total voters: 233,889
  • Eligible voters: 262,135
  • Voter turnout: 89.2 percent

The official results were announced amid increasing opposition concerns that the ruling party was looking to delay the announcement in a bid to annul the election.

The election widely regarded more as a referendum than an election saw incumbent Yameen seeking re-election go against the veteran lawmaker Solih.

Solih had been backed by Yameen's main political rivals including the now jailed former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Nasheed along with Jumhoory Party leader and business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim.

On Monday, president Yameen went on air to concede defeat and has promised a smooth transition of power to his successor.