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Maldives election: First results show the victory of the presidential party



  Solih and Nasheed at the campaign rally

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Mohamed Nasheed returned to the president after the election of his deputy

The party of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is on the way to a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections in the Maldives, first results.

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is expected to win nearly 60 seats in parliament with 87 seats. Report of the local media.

The final results are expected to be announced on Sunday.

An MDP victory would cement the comeback of former President and MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed, who was in exile until the end of last year.

The footage published on the party's official Twitter account shows fans embracing and dancing.

"This [the result] will make a huge contribution to the consolidation of democracy in the Maldives," Nasheed told the BBC.

Mr. Nasheed became the country's first democratically elected president in 2008.

His party campaigned for a reform of justice, freedom of speech and democracy.

Mr. Nasheed was forced into exile in 201

6 after a controversial condemnation of terrorism during the reign of Abdulla Yameen.

He returned after the unexpected victory of his deputy Solih in the presidential elections of last September.

"A Notable Comeback"

Analysis by Anbarasan Ethirajan, South Asia Regional Editor

Hundreds of Maldivian supporters The Democratic Party has gathered in the capital Male and is celebrating victory.

Mohamed Nasheed leads the celebration.

It's a remarkable comeback for the former president, who was forced into exile after a controversial condemnation of terrorism by the end of last year.

A clear majority will help its Maldivian Democratic Party consolidate its power and carry out political and economic reforms.

The party says it wants to reduce political influence on the judiciary and the police and stop the corruption.

The MDP also wants to reduce the country's dependence on China and build closer ties with its traditional ally India.

During his reign, Mr. Yameen imprisoned many of his political opponents and removed dissenting voices from institutions such as the Supreme Court.

Mr. Yameen was not in the election, but his Maldives Progressive Party (PPM) denied.

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The election in the Indian Ocean archipelago is also seen as a battleground for the regional powers fought over by China and India ,

When Mr. Yameen was in power, China invested millions of dollars in its Belt and Road initiative. The MDP has promised to investigate the infrastructure projects and to determine the actual indebtedness of the island to China.

Mr. Yameen denies any wrongdoing regarding Chinese financial assistance.


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