Maldives Polls: Opposition leader wins presidential poll

New Delhi, Sep 24: Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives' presidential election, results showed on Monday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen, following a campaign observers said was rigged in the strongman's favour.Results released by the Elections Commission early Monday morning showed Solih had secured 58.3 per cent of the popular vote.Celebrations broke out across the tropical archipelago with opposition supporters carrying yellow flags of Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party and dancing on the streets. There was no response from Yameen after the results were announced.Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Yameen but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with the local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

PTI