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Majority mandate for Maldives ruling coalition

Election officers count votes after the close of polling in Male, Maldives on Saturday.  

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen’s party, with the help of its coalition partners, has attained majority in parliament in elections held over the weekend, an official said here Sunday.

The Maldivian parliamentary elections, which were held amidst the controversial removal of the head and deputy of the country’s Elections Commission, concluded largely peacefully Saturday.

Vote counting gave the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), led by former president Mohammad Nasheed, who was controversially ousted from power in 2012, a slim lead initially but it was soon overtaken by Yameen’s Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Xinhua reported.

Of the 85 constituencies, 34 seats were won by PPM while its coalition partners Jumhoory Party (JP) bagged 15 seats and the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) five seats. Nasheed’s MDP secured only 24 seats and lost its majority in parliament.

There are also five independent seats up for grabs.

“A total of 75 complaints were submitted to the Elections Commission. These include three complaints about the voters’ names not being on the list, five about anti—campaigning and four complaints regarding bribery,” Elections Commission member Mohammad Manik told reporters. Yet this was lower than the number of complaints received during the presidential election last year, Manik said

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