Maldives ruling party alleges 'foreign spy agency' role in election defeat

Maldives ruling party on Thursday made fresh claims to explain its embarrassing defeat in last month's presidential elections alleging that a spy agency of a neighbouring country had rigged the vote.

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.

However, the ruling party are now demanding the country's electoral watchdog to answer the numerous allegations of vote rigging that had surfaced after incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had accepted the result and assured a smooth transition of power.

Former ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Nilandhoo MP Abdulla Khaleel alleged former president Mohamed Nasheed had "stolen" the election in 2008.

"Time is running out to unmask the thieves who with the help of a foreign spy agency had stolen the election and the constitutional right of the Maldivian people," Khaleel alleged stopping short of naming the country.

PPM meanwhile had vowed nightly protests against the members of Elections Commission which had "robbed" the crunch elections.