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Yameen defeats ex-president Nasheed in Maldives run-off

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed lost runoff elections held in the Indian Ocean nation on Saturday, despite being the front-runner going into the polls, results showed. Abdulla Yameen, the half brother of the country's former strongman, defeated Nasheed, securing 51.3 percent of the popular vote in a bitterly fought election, the results said. Nasheed secured 48.6 percent, with over 98 percent of all of the votes counted, Elections Commission results showed. aj/tha/ia

Ex-president Nasheed concedes defeat in Maldives vote

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed conceded defeat Saturday in a bitterly-contested election to his rival Abdulla Yameen. "I graciously accept defeat," Nasheed told reporters in Male after results showed that he had narrowly lost to Yameen, the half brother of former autocrat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in a run-off election. str/aj/co/jta

Ex-strongman's half-brother takes power in Maldives

Abdulla Yameen, the winner of Saturday's elections in the Maldives, is the half-brother of the islands' ruler of 30 years who had appeared destined to remain in the shadow of his older sibling. The 54-year-old Yameen, who pipped former president Mohamed Nasheed at the post in a run-off contest, is a mild-mannered former civil servant whom few people would have predicted would lead his family back to power. But he showed more than a dash of the political cunning of his half-brother Maumoon Abdul Gayoom by overhauling Nasheed by sealing up the votes of Nasheed's opponents.

Yameen defeats ex-president Nasheed to win Maldives elections

Abdulla Yameen, the half-brother of the Maldives former strongman, won the Indian Ocean nation's presidential elections Saturday, in a stunning defeat for frontrunner Mohamed Nasheed after months of political uncertainty. Yameen secured 51.3 percent of the popular vote compared to 48.6 percent for ex-president Nasheed after a contest wracked by lengthy delays that were viewed as politically motivated, Elections Commission results showed.

Yameen defeats ex-president Nasheed in Maldives run-off

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed lost runoff elections held in the Indian Ocean nation on Saturday, despite being the front-runner going into the polls, results showed. Abdulla Yameen, the half brother of the country's former strongman, defeated Nasheed, securing 51.3 percent of the popular vote in a bitterly fought election, the results said.

Ex-president headed for shock defeat at Maldives vote

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed who was the front-runner at Saturday's run-off elections appeared set for a shock defeat, initial results showed. Nasheed secured 48.3 percent of the vote with his main challenger, Abdulla Yameen, leading with 51.6 percent with only about a tenth of the ballots left to be counted. Maldives came under intense international criticism after several attempts at elections were scuttled by the country's controversial Supreme Court raising concerns that the moves were to prevent Nasheed, 46, return to power.

Maldives hopes for new leader after scuttled votes

Organisers of a troubled presidential election in the Maldives said they hoped to name a winner of a run-off contest Saturday, after previous attempts were scuttled. Chief Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek told reporters that he hoped they will be able to declare a final winner in an election where former president Mohamed Nasheed is the front-runner after securing nearly 47 percent at the first round last week.

Maldives hopes for new leader after scuttled votes

Organisers of a troubled presidential election in the Maldives said they hoped to name a winner of a run-off contest Saturday after previous attempts were scuttled. Chief Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek told reporters that he hoped they will be able to declare a final winner in an election where former president Mohamed Nasheed is the front-runner after security nearly 47 percent at the first round last week.

Crisis-hit Maldives vote again

The Maldives Saturday began voting in a run-off presidential election held under intense international pressure to elect a new leader and end months of political unrest. Polling booths across the Indian Ocean archipelago opened at 7:30am (0230 GMT) with the 239,000 electorate given eight and a half hours to choose between two candidates, Elections Commission official Aishath Reema told AFP. "This time we have slightly more voters," she said adding that many had lined up to vote even before the 475 polling booths opened across the islands scattered across the equator.

Polls open in troubled Maldives election

A run-off presidential election got underway in the troubled Maldives Saturday after a previous poll was delayed by the Supreme Court, an official said. "Voting started across the Maldives and several foreign capitals where Maldivians live," Elections Commission official Aishath Reema told AFP. "People lined up to vote long before polling booths opened." aj/co/mtp
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