Maldives' ex-speaker to lead power transition

Former parliament speaker and top opposition lawmaker Abdulla Shahid would lead the transition of power, spokesperson for the president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced Saturday.

Mariya Ahmed Didi during a press briefing said the process for the transition of power has been initiated after the announcement of the official result of the presidential elections.

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

"Former speaker and the now North-Henveiru lawmaker Abdulla Shahid would lead the transition process on behalf of the president elect," Mariya said.

Mariya explained that the director general of transition would function under the guidance of Shahid.

She also expressed hope that the incumbent government would cooperate and assist in the smooth transition of power.

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.

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

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.