Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to Return after 2 Years

Parliamentary elections were held in the Indian ocean archipelago Maldives on April 6, 2019. The results were declared on April 7, 2019.

The former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed vowed sweeping reforms and end to government corruption after leading his party to a landslide victory just five months since returning from exile.

Mohamed Nasheed, 51, made a dramatic return to the top of national Parliament, with his Maldivian Democratic Party (MOP) registering a two-thirds majority in the 87-member assembly.
Nasheed promised to use his party’s mandate to usher in a new era of stability and democracy in the Indian Ocean archipelago as it emerges from years of strong man rule, political crisis and corruption scandals miring the government and judiciary.

“Our foremost duty is to bring peace to the government”, Nasheed told supporters in the capital Male on April 7.

The comprehensive victory was another rebuke for Naheed’s arch-rival and autocratic former President Abdulla Yameen, who was dumped in a shock election defeat in September under a cloud of corruption and embezzlement allegations.

Yameen did not run, but his party-the Progressive Party of Maldives-ended with a poor showing in the People’s Majlis, or Parliament.

Nasheed was barred from running in the election but his former deputy, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, emerged triumphant over Yameen.

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