US urges 'all parties' to accept election result

The United States (US) on Friday urged "all parties" in the Maldives to accept the result of last month's presidential elections.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke by phone with Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to congratulate him on the election win, US department of state said in a statement.

"The secretary congratulated the Maldivian people for coming out to vote in overwhelming numbers despite challenges," the statement read.

"The secretary noted that the election reflected the will of the people which all parties in the country should respect."

Elections Commission has 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.

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

However, the ruling party has now claimed that the elections commission had rigged the elections and has called for protests demanding the commission to answer recent allegations.

President Yameen urged his supporters to demand the country's electoral watchdog to answer the numerous allegations of vote rigging that had surfaced after president Yameen had accepted the result and assured a smooth transition of power.