The Maldives Election Commission says provisional results show opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning Sunday’s presidential election.
The commission’s results released Monday show Solih with 134,616 votes and incumbent President Yameen Abdul Gayoom with 96,132 votes.
The results show 89.2 percent voter turnout.
Commission spokesman Ahmed Akram says the final results will be released within the 7-day window parties have to challenge the results in court.
Solih declared victory early Monday in Male.
Yameen has not conceded the race. Spokesman Hussain Shihab says he is awaiting a briefing by top Yameen administration officials before making a statement.
Solih’s win was unexpected, with opposition members fearing Yameen would rig the vote in his favor.
Since his election in 2013, Yameen has cracked down on political dissent, jailing rivals and judges.
Source: The Associated Press