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Maldives’ Mohamed Nasheed Refuses to Concede Primary Election Defeat, Claiming Fraud

HeadlineJan 30, 2023

In the Maldives, former President Mohamed Nasheed has been defeated in his primary election challenge to incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Elections officials say Solih won with 61% of the vote, though Nasheed has alleged fraud and has so far refused to concede defeat. Mohamed Nasheed is a longtime climate advocate who in 2008 was elected president in the first multiparty election held in the Maldives, a low-lying island nation in the Indian Ocean. After he was overthrown in a 2012 coup d’état, Nasheed survived imprisonment and exile, before his return to the Maldives in 2018, where he now serves as speaker of the Parliament.

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