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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.

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.

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.
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