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Abdullah Yameen won Maldives Presidential Polls

Nov 17, 2013 12:12 IST

Abdulla Yameen, the candidate of Progressive Party of Maldives on 16 November 2013 defeated the former premier, Mohammed Nasheed to win the Maldivian Presidential elections. Election Commission of Maldives announced the result of the election on 16 November 2013, in which Yameen defeated Mohamed Nasheed of Maldivian Democratic Party with a margin of six thousand votes.

Yameen secured 51.39 percent (1 lakh 11 thousand) of votes, whereas Mohamed Nasheed received 48.61 (1 lakh 5 thousand votes). 45 foreign observers and 22 foreign monitors saw the transparency and credibility of the election. The winning candidate Abdullah Yameen will be sworn in as the President at a special seating of the Majlis, the Maldivian Parliament.

About Abdulla Yameen

• The 54 years old Yameen is an economist and the half-brother of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the former autocratic ruler, who ruled Maldives for 30 years
• He is also known as Yameen Abdul Gayoom

Earlier, in September 2013, the first round of elections was conducted in which none of the candidates secured more than 50 percent of the votes. Thus the Supreme Court of Maldives annulled the results. Whereas, the second attempt of polls was to be hold on 19 October 2013, which was thwarted by the police after the ruling of the Supreme Court. The re-vote was held on 9 November 2013, in which any one didn’t emerged as the winner by crossing the 50 percent mark.  

After the failure of the two polls, international community asked to conduct the elections as per the Constitutional provisions.

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