Abdulla Yameen becomes President of Maldives
Abdulla Yameen has been elected as the new President of the Maldives after a run-off poll. The event ended nearly two years of political tumult that blighted the incipient democracy and raised international concerns over the country’s future.
Yameen, the half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, was sworn in as the 6th president of the Maldives by Chief Justice Ahmad Faiz.
Yameen, 54, a candidate of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), bagged an unexpected win in the presidential run-off by securing 51.39% of the votes over opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed belonging to Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) who received 48.61% of the votes.