Nasheed to face Yameen in second round runoff
The President of the Maldives until January 2012, Mohamed Nasheed, fell short yesterday of gaining an overall majority in the island nation’s presidential election. Nasheed took 45.45% of the vote in provisional results announced by the country’s electoral commission early this morning. He will now face a runoff election on 28th September against Abdullah Yameen, the half brother of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who ruled the country from 1978 to 2008.
The incumbent president who replaced Nasheed last year, Mohamed Waheed, managed to garner just 5.13% of the vote.
The provisional results as released by the Electoral Commission and published on the Minivan news site are as follows:
Gasim Ibrahim – 50,422 (24.07%)
Mohamed Waheed – 10,750 (5.13%)
Abdulla Yameen – 53,099 (25.35%)
Mohamed Nasheed – 95,224 (45.45%)
A spokesperson for the Republican Party or Jumhooree party which was represented by Gasim Ibrahim has said that they will contest the results.