UN hails Maldives’ peaceful elections, as opposition wins out

The United Nations on Monday commended "the commitment of the Maldivian voters to democracy after opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated incumbent Abdulla Yameen in Sunday's presidential election.

We congratulate the Maldivian people for turning out in large numbers to exercise their right to vote, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, briefing reporters in New York, noting the peaceful and orderly conduct of the elections.

We commend the authorities and political leaders for a smooth polling day and for the commitment to a democratic Maldives, he added.

Outgoing President Yameen conceded defeat after the Election Commission said opposition leader Solih had won by a margin of 16.7 percent.

Earlier this year, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the government to uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety of the people after Yameen declared a state of emergency and sent his soldiers into the Supreme Court when it ordered the release of convicted opposition leaders, according to UN News.

It is noteworthy that the Maldives became a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1976. In April 2006, it signed and ratified the OIC Framework Agreement on Trade Preferential Systems (TPS-OIC) which aims at promoting trade among the member states through exchanging of trade preferences.

Source: International Islamic News Agency