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Japan congratulates President-Elect Solih

Ahmed Aiham
30 September 2018, MVT 11:38
Minister of Foreign Affairs for Japan, Tarō Kōno
Ahmed Aiham
30 September 2018, MVT 11:38

Japan has congratulated President-Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, for his victory in the Presidential Elections last Sunday.

The Japanese government expressed their desire to work together with the new administration, further strengthening bilateral relations and addressing regional and global issues. Japan also wishes the smooth transition of power to the new executive.

Japan also highlighted the peaceful state in which the elections were conducted, while achieving 89 percent voter turnout as an indication of the strong support of Maldivians for the democratic process.

The Elections Commission (EC) officially announced that Solih had been elected with 58.4 percent of the votes compared to incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Yameen with 41.6 percent of the vote.

According to the final results, 233,889 individuals out of the eligible 262,135 had voted. Invalid votes number at 3,132.

Incumbent President Yameen lost the election to opposition coalition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih by more than 38,000 votes in the presidential elections held on September 23, 2018.