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Maldives election: Early results show victory for president's party

Image copyrightReuters Image caption                  President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's party is on course to win a landslide victory in the Maldives parliamentary election, early result show. The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is projected to win almost 60 seats in the 87-seat parliament, An MDP win would solidify the comeback of the country's former president and MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed, who was in exile until late last year. Footage posted on the party's official Twitter account shows supporters hugging each other and dancing "This [the result] will go a long way in consolidating democracy in the Maldives," Mr. Nasheed told the BBC. Mr. Nasheed became the country's first democratically elected president in 2008. His party campaigned on a platform of reforming the judiciary, upholding freedom of expression and democracy. Mr Nasheed was forced into exile in 201 6 following a controversial terrorism conviction during the rule of Abdulla Yameen. He returned after his deputy Mr Solih's unexpected victory in last September's presidential election. 'A remarkable comeback' Analysis by Anbarasan Ethirajan, South Asia Regional Editor Hundreds of supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party celebrating the victory. Mohamed Nasheed is leading the celebrations. It's a remarkable comeback for the former president who was forced into exile to late last year following a controversial terrorism conviction. A clear majority will help his Maldivian Democratic Party consolidate its hold on power and carry out political and economic reforms. The party says it wants to reduce political influence over the judiciary and police and end corruption.…

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President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s party is on course to win a landslide victory in the Maldives parliamentary election, early result show.

The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is projected to win almost 60 seats in the 87-seat parliament,

An MDP win would solidify the comeback of the country’s former president and MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed, who was in exile until late last year.

Footage posted on the party’s official Twitter account shows supporters hugging each other and dancing

“This [the result] will go a long way in consolidating democracy in the Maldives,” Mr. Nasheed told the BBC.

Mr. Nasheed became the country’s first democratically elected president in 2008.

His party campaigned on a platform of reforming the judiciary, upholding freedom of expression and democracy.

Mr Nasheed was forced into exile in 201

6 following a controversial terrorism conviction during the rule of Abdulla Yameen.

He returned after his deputy Mr Solih’s unexpected victory in last September’s presidential election.

‘A remarkable comeback’

Analysis by Anbarasan Ethirajan, South Asia Regional Editor

Hundreds of supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party celebrating the victory.

Mohamed Nasheed is leading the celebrations.

It’s a remarkable comeback for the former president who was forced into exile to late last year following a controversial terrorism conviction.

A clear majority will help his Maldivian Democratic Party consolidate its hold on power and carry out political and economic reforms.

The party says it wants to reduce political influence over the judiciary and police and end corruption.

The MDP also wants to reduce the country’s dependence on China and forge closer to its traditional ally, India. Court

Mr. Yameen did not stand in the election but his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) contested.

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The election in the Indian Ocean archipelago is also seen as a battleground for regional powers China and India, which are vying for influence in the country

When Mr Yameen was a power, China invested millions of dollars as part of its Belt and Road initiative. The MDP has promised to investigate the infrastructure projects and determine the island’s true debt to China.

Mr Yameen denies any wrongdoing in relation to the Chinese financial aid.

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