Maldives presidential race in runoff as ex-president Nasheed bags first round win

Maldives presidential race in runoff as ex-president Nasheed bags first round win
# 09 November 2013 21:48 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Political turmoil is expected to intensify in the Maldives after the third attempt to elect a president ended inconclusively here on Saturday with two candidates heading for a second round runoff, APA reports.

Unless a candidate bags 50 percent of the vote the two top polling contenders have to go head-to-head in a second round runoff.

There were few surprises as former President Mohammad Nasheed came within touching distance of winning the elections grabbing 46. 91 percent of the vote, according to State-run TV Maldives.

However he is still behind the crucial 50 percent, which means that he will mostly likely face a second round with former President Abdul Gayoom's half-brother MP Abdulla Yameen who has grabbed 29.11 percent.

Tycoon Gasim Ibrahim who is often referred to as the richest man in the Maldives is in the rear with 23.31 percent.

It is not yet clear whether the second round runoff will take place as scheduled on Sunday as an official statement is yet to be released by the Elections Commission.

A new president has to be sworn in by November 11 to avoid a Constitutional crisis.

#
#

THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED