Maldives Welcomes New President Muizzu, Ending Era of Ibrahim Solih

Maldives Welcomes New President Muizzu, Ending Era of Ibrahim Solih

--Opposition candidate Mohamed Muizzu emerged as the winner in the Maldives presidential election, securing a second-round runoff victory over the incumbent President Ibrahim Solih. This outcome signifies a potential shift in the Maldives' geopolitical alignment, possibly moving closer to China from its traditional partner, India.

--The election witnessed an impressive turnout, with approximately 85% of the Maldives' eligible voters, known for its picturesque beaches and luxurious resorts, participating in the democratic process. This robust participation reflects the Maldivian people's strong commitment to their democratic principles.

--Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his congratulations to Muizzu upon his victory, reaffirming India's dedication to strengthening its historic bilateral relationship with the Maldives and fostering greater cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region. This highlights the significance of the India-Maldives alliance in the regional context.

Oct.1:Opposition candidate Mohamed Muizzu emerged victorious in the Maldives presidential election, securing a second-round runoff win over incumbent President Ibrahim Solih. This electoral outcome may signal a potential shift towards closer ties with China for the Indian Ocean archipelago, traditionally aligned with India.

As per the official announcement by the Elections Commission of the Maldives, Muizzu secured 54% of the total ballots cast in Saturday’s election, while Solih garnered 46%. Impressively, approximately 85% of the eligible 282,000 voters in the Maldives, renowned for its stunning beaches and upscale resorts, exercised their democratic right at over 586 polling stations spread across 187 islands.

In acknowledging his opponent’s victory, Solih took to the messaging platform X (formerly known as Twitter) to express his congratulations to Muizzu and to extend gratitude to the people for their remarkable commitment to democracy. It’s important to note that Solih, who championed an “India First” policy during his tenure, will remain in office until Muizzu’s inauguration scheduled for November 17.

The coalition supporting Muizzu has a history of endorsing Chinese loans and investment projects in the Maldives. Additionally, former President Abdulla Yameen, who has close ties to Muizzu, is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence on charges of corruption and money laundering. Yameen’s supporters argue that these allegations were politically motivated.

Muizzu addressed the nation’s press in the capital city of Male, declaring, “Today, the people have made a resolute choice to regain the Maldives’ independence. With unity and determination, we shall succeed, Insha Allah.”

Furthermore, Muizzu appealed to President Solih to consider placing Yameen under house arrest, a move that has garnered attention in the aftermath of the election.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his congratulations to Muizzu following his victory, reaffirming India’s commitment to strengthening the long-standing bilateral relationship between India and the Maldives, as well as enhancing cooperation within the broader Indian Ocean Region. Modi shared his message on the platform X, underlining the significance of this regional alliance.

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