No legal grounds to annul election, says ex-VP

Former vice president Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed slammed the ruling party on Sunday by insisting that there were absolutely no legal grounds to annul the result of last month's presidential election.

Speaking to the media after meeting with former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after returning from self imposed exile on Saturday, Jameel insisted that the result of the elections was too clear and overwhelming to be challenged.

Elections Commission has now 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, 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.

"This government has already been elected. I believe the new government was elected to bring much needed reform to this country. So I assure you that this government would come into power. I'm hoping that it would happen on November 11," Yameen's first vice president Jameel stressed.

"But now we're hearing that they [ruling party] would not accept the result. But what they are saying is completely baseless. There are no legal or constitutional grounds to challenge it. This election has been won with such a clear and overwhelming majority."

Jameel lived in self-imposed exile in the UK after he was unceremoniously deposed as the VP in 2015.

He is the latest opposition figure to return to the Maldives from exile since the opposition alliance's election win last month.