Pakistan Congratulates Maldives on Peaceful Presidential Election

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SEP 24, 2018: Pakistan has congratulated the people of Maldives on the peaceful conclusion of its Presidential election.

The foreign office spokesman Dr. Mohammad Faisal in a tweet said “Pakistan fully supports the democratic process in Maldives and will work with the new government to further enhance the partnership between the two countries.”

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday conceded defeat in elections and said he would arrange a smooth transition for president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

“I have accepted the results from yesterday,” Yameen said in a televised address to the nation after Sunday’s election gave the joint opposition candidate majority of the vote.

“I accept the defeat,” Yameen said. “I will enable a smooth transition.”

Official results showed Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the compromise joint candidate of the opposition, as the clear winner with 58.3 percent of the vote, the biggest margin of victory in any election since the advent of democracy in 2008.

Nearly 90 percent of the 262,000 electorate turned out to vote, with some waiting in line for more than five hours.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Maldivian presidential candidate backed by the opposition coalition, jumps next to his supporters during the final campaign rally ahead of the presidential election in Male, Maldives September 22, 2018.

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