Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after bilateral talks during the forrmer's visit to India in December last year (file photo)
Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after bilateral talks during the forrmer's visit to India in December last year (file photo)

PM Modi congratulates Solih for landslide victory in Maldives

ANI | Updated: Apr 08, 2019 17:38 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his party's landslide victory in the third Parliamentary elections, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
Voting for the 87-member People's Majlis took place on April 6 in the island nation, with temporary results projecting Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to have won over 65 seats, obtaining the supermajority in Parliament. This was the third multi-party contest since a democratic constitution was adopted in 2008 in the archipelago.
Speaking via telephone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the election results showed the extent to which Solih's government has been accepted by the people. He also highlighted the age-old friendship shared by India and Maldives, assuring continued assistance to Maldives from India.
"The Prime Minister noted that this significant victory of MDP signifies a resounding endorsement of the policies and efforts of its leaders, who have worked with deep commitment for the people of Maldives," the MEA outlined.
During the conversation, Prime Minister Modi hailed Saturday's elections as the "strengthening of democratic institutions in the Maldives".
Thanking Prime Minister Modi, Solih noted that India has always been a close ally of the Maldives, according to a local Maldivian news portal, Avas. He stressed that the current government would prioritise the relationship between India and Maldives.
While the official result is yet to be announced, the oath-taking ceremony has been scheduled for May-end. As per laws, the current Parliament will be dissolved by the end of April, after which the oath-taking will take place.
Numerous stalwarts have been displaced from their long-held seats following Saturday's elections. As many as 386 candidates belonging to 10 parties contested the elections for the 19th Parliament.
Prime Minister Modi also congratulated former President Mohamed Nasheed, who was imprisoned by Solih's predecessor, for his win from the Macchangolhi Central seat in the elections.
The current President of the MDP, Nasheed assured the people that the "days of Rolex watches and Kohinoor are over," after his win.
"The Parliament you have elected today possesses integrity. You desired to reform the general well-being of the nation and housing. Hopefully, we will succeed in fulfilling your wishes," Nasheed said on Saturday, after the announcement of initial results on April 6.
This is the first time in Maldives' history that a single party has managed to secure a large number of seats in Parliament.
Abdullah Yameen, who was ousted by Solih as the President during the September elections, did not run for the Parliamentary elections.
However, the two parties backed by him - the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and the People's National Congress (PNC), who contested in alliance with the Jumhooree Party (JP) - failed to make a dent in the parliamentary elections.
According to initial results, the PNC, which is founded by Yameen, has won only two seats, while PPM and JP have been able to secure five seats each. (ANI)

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