Who will become President of Maldives?

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, the winner of the Maldives presidential election had to be declared but none of the candidates could emerge as a clear winner in the election as nobody managed to secure the required more than 50% of the vote for an outright win. Therefore, the Maldives presidential election is now heading towards the second round between the top candidates. The top two candidates of the Maldives presidential election 2023 are incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and opposition leader Mohamed Muiz. The presidential election in Maldives is closely observed by India and China as the opposition leader took a surprise lead over the incumbent president. However, both India and China are vying for influence in the Indian Ocean tourist place. Let’s delve deep into the details and find out what vote percentage both candidates got in the Maldives presidential election in 2023. Continue reading this article and learn more details.

Maldives Election 2023 Result

Maldives Election 2023 Result

Everyone was shocked when the opposition candidate Mohamed Muizzu surprisingly took the lead over Ibrahim Mohamed Solih by 7 percent. After the all ballots opened and counted, the results showed that the opposition leader Mohamed Muizzu got a total of 46 percent of the vote while the incumbent president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih got a total of 39 percent of the vote.

Candidate  Running Mate Party 09th September 2023
Votes  Percentage 
Mohamed Muizzu Hussain Mohamed Latheef Progressive Party of Maldives 101,100 46.06
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Mohamed Aslam Maldivian Democratic Party 85,809 39.09
Ilyas Labeeb Hussain Amr The Democrats 15,453 7.04
Umar Naseer Maaz Saleem Independent 6,348 2.89
Qasim Ibrahim Ameen Ibrahim Jumhooree Party 5,535 2.52
Ahmed Faris Maumoon Abdul Sattar Yoosuf Independent 3,004 1.37
Mohamed Nazim Ahmed Adheel Naseer Maldives National Party 1,892 0.86
Hassan Zameel Mariyam Aleem Independent 357 0.16
Total  219,498 100.00

As mentioned, none of the candidates could manage to register the threshold required vote percent to be declared an outright winner, the elections have been forwarded to the second round. The mayor of the capital city Male, Mohamed Muizzu contested the election promising to limit India’s presence in the country by expelling a small unit of Indian military deployed in the archipelago. Note that Mizu’s party the Progressive Party of the Maldives had drawn the Maldives closer to Beijing when it reigned from 2013 to 2018 and got millions of dollars in loans to improve its infrastructure by signing Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Shift to the next section and read more about the elections.

Candidate Party 
Ilyas Labeeb The Democrats
Mohamed Muizzu People’s National Congress
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Maldivian Democratic Party
Mohamed Nazim Maldives National Party
Qasim Ibrahim Jumhooree Party
Hassan Zameel Independent
Ahmed Faris Maumoon Independent
Umar Naseer Independent

The last presidential election was won by Ibrahim Solih in 2018 amid widespread outrage over corruption under PPM. Solih brought back the Maldives firmly into India’s region. Notably, the incumbent president also championed an India-first policy to get funds from India to improve its infrastructure including buildings and bridges in Male. The presidential election results that came out on Saturday depicted that Solih may lose the second round in front of Muizzu on September 30, 2023. Stay tuned to this website for more details and further updates.

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