Maldives Supreme Court upholds Abdulla Yameen's election defeat 

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 21, 2018, 03.43 PM(IST)

File photo of Maldives President Abdulla Yameen. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

The Maldives Supreme Court on Sunday upheld the outgoing President Abdulla Yameen's defeat in the September's polls as it rejected a petition filed last week by his party.

On October 10, Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives had filed a petition in the top court seeking annulment of the controversial poll result, alleging that vote was rigged by the independent election commission of the country.

Today, the five-judge Supreme Court bench unanimously ruled that Yameen had failed to prove his claim that the September 23 vote won by opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was rigged.

Yameen is due to hand over power on November 17. 

Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won a surprise presidential election victory on September 23.

Results released by the electoral commission had shown Yameen's PPM on 41.7 per cent of the vote, well behind Solih on 58.3 per cent. Nearly 90 per cent of the 262,000 electorates turned out to vote during the election.

The results were hailed by India and the US as a victory for democratic forces.

In February Yameen had imposed a 45-day state of emergency cracking down on the Opposition and imprisoning the country's Chief Justice and Supreme Court judges.