Opposition MP seeks police probe into govt officials fleeing overseas with stolen money

A top opposition lawmaker has asked the police to launch an investigation into allegations that several high-level government officials were fleeing the country with stolen state funds following the ruling party's overwhelming defeat in last month's president elections.

Jumhoory Party (JP) lawmaker Ali Hussain said he had filed the case with the police seeking an investigation into the allegations.

The Kendhoo lawmaker however, did not name any officials.

Social networking sites have been rife with rumours that high-level officials were planning to flee the country with stolen state funds.

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.