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Maldives’ Supreme Court upholds president’s vote defeat

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MALE (Xinhua) – The Maldives’ Supreme Court has dismissed the outgoing president’s petition seeking an annulment of last month’s presidential election results.

The five-member court unanimously ruled on Sunday that despite the concerns of vote rigging and electoral fraud raised by Progressive Party of Maldives ( PPM), the party had failed to provide sufficient evidence to back their claims.

The Election Commission had declared opposition alliance candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih the winner of the September 23 election against incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

According to the official and final results released by the elections commission last month, opposition candidate Mr Ibrahim had secured 134,705 votes while Mr Yameen had secured 96,052 votes.

The new president is expected to be sworn in on Nov. 17.

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