President Yameen's party challenges election results in Maldives Supreme Court

WION Web Team Maldives Oct 10, 2018, 04.13 PM(IST)

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen. (Image source: President's office) Photograph:( Others )

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Yameen had earlier said he would hand over power on November 17th ensuring a smooth transition.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen's party today filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging his election defeat last month.

Watch: 'I accept defeat', says Yameen after losing Maldives election

Yameen's U-turn comes after he conceded defeat to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih-led Opposition parties. Yameen had earlier said he had met Solih and congratulated him on his election victory.

However, lawyers of Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) alleged that the vote was rigged by the independent election commission of the country.

Yameen had earlier said he would hand over power on November 17th ensuring a smooth transition.

The latest development comes amid fears that Yameen wouldn't accept the results. In the last election in 2013, the Maldives Supreme Court had annulled the vote giving Yameen time to put together an alliance and win the second round of voting against former president Mohamed Nasheed.

In a televised address to the nation just after the poll results were announced, Yameen had said "I accept the defeat," adding, "I will enable a smooth transition."

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.     

In the run-up to the polls, Solih had pledged to investigate the disappearance of journalist Ahmed Rilwan and the death of a bogger Yameen Rasheed last year.