Abdulla Yameen becomes President of Maldives

Screenshot_1Abdulla Yameen has been elected as the new President of the Maldives after a run-off poll.  The event ended nearly two years of political tumult that blighted the incipient democracy and raised international concerns over the country’s future.

Yameen, the half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was sworn in as the 6th president of the Maldives by Chief Justice Ahmad Faiz.

Yameen, 54, a candidate of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), bagged an unexpected win in the presidential run-off  by securing 51.39% of the votes over opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed belonging to Maldives Democratic Party (MDP)  who received 48.61% of the votes.



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