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Indian envoy meets new Maldives vice president, pledging strong relations

Indian envoy meets new Maldives vice president, pledging strong relations COLOMBO, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- India and the Maldives enjoy " privileged ties" that had stood the test of time, Indian High Commissioner to Maldives noted when meeting the newly elected Vice President, local media reported on Friday. Indian envoy to Maldives Rajiv Shahare had made these comments during a courtesy call on Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed who was elected on Nov. 16. This was his first meeting with the new Maldives government.

Newly elected Maldives president meets Chinese envoy for key talks

Newly elected Maldives president meets Chinese envoy for key talks MALE, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Newly elected Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday met the Chinese Ambassador to the Maldives in the first ever meeting between the two officials since Yameen's appointment. Chinese Ambassador Yu Hongyao met Yameen for talks that aim to deepen ties between the two countries. China is a major market for Maldives's lucrative tourism industry, with over a quarter of the one million tourists to the Indian Ocean group of islands coming from China in a year.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen was inaugurated Sunday, a day after his shock election victory that ended nearly two years of turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was sworn in by the chief justice at a nationally televised ceremony attended by his defeated opponent Mohamed Nasheed.

New Maldives leader vows stability after crisis, protests

By J.J. Robinson MALE (Reuters) - New Maldives President Abdulla Yameen pledged on Sunday to end two years of political turmoil that have brought violent protests to the holiday paradise, as he was sworn in after defeating the favorite Mohamed Nasheed in a run-off. The win was a victory for the political old guard, who rallied around Yameen to defeat Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected leader who was forced to resign last year in what he said was a coup.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen was inaugurated Sunday, a day after his shock election victory that ended nearly two years of turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was sworn in by the chief justice at a nationally televised ceremony attended by his defeated opponent Mohamed Nasheed.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Abdulla Yameen took power in the Maldives Sunday after a shock election victory, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was due to be sworn in at a presidential inauguration ceremony at around 1:00pm (0800 GMT). The United States and regional superpower India were among the first to congratulate Yameen and said they looked forward to working closely with the new leader.

Outgoing president hails 'happy ending' in Maldives

The outgoing president of the Maldives said Sunday the election of a new head of state signalled "a happy ending" to a political crisis which began when he took power from the islands' first freely-elected leader. In an exclusive interview with AFP in Hong Kong, Mohamed Waheed, acknowledged the Indian Ocean archipelago was still trying to find its feet as a democracy but said it could now move on after the outcome of Saturday's run-off election.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Abdulla Yameen took power in the Maldives Sunday after an election victory, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was due to be sworn in at a presidential inauguration ceremony at around 1:00pm (0800 GMT).

Yameen to be sworn in as Maldives leader after shock win

Abdulla Yameen was to be sworn in as the Maldives new president Sunday after his shock win over former leader Mohamed Nasheed, drawing a line under a bout of turmoil on the paradise islands. Yameen secured 51.3 percent of the popular vote compared to 48.6 percent for ex-president Nasheed in Saturday's run-off vote after a contest wracked by lengthy delays that were viewed as politically motivated, Elections Commission results showed.

Old guard's candidate beats favorite in tense Maldives vote

By J.J. Robinson MALE (Reuters) - Abdulla Yameen won the Maldives presidential election run-off on Saturday, narrowly defeating the favorite Mohamed Nasheed in a ballot that voters hoped would end two years of political turmoil that has hit the vital tourism sector. The crisis occasionally spilled over into violent protests in the Indian Ocean holiday paradise after Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected president in 2008, was forced to resign early last year in what he said was a coup.
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