Provincial election results show the Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the island nation’s presidential election.
The provincial figures from the country’s Elections Commission showed Solih winning by a margin of 16.7 percent over incumbent Abdullah Yameen in Sunday’s election.
The foreign ministry said: “Voting proceeded smoothly and peacefully, with no reported incidents.
“No major issues were reported in the vote counting process as well as the with the voters list, which will affect the results.”
Solih had 134,616 votes against incumbent Yameen’s 96,132 votes.
However Yameen has not yet conceded the race, but the Maldives’s foreign ministry released a statement saying Solih had won and the vote-counting process had “proceeded smoothly.”
Voter turnout was 89.2 percent, the Elections Commission said, adding the official results would be released by September 30.
Solih told reporters in the capital Male: “The message is loud and clear. The people of Maldives want change, peace and justice.
“I would like to call on President Yameen to accept the will of the people and begin a smooth transition of power as per the constitution.”