Maldives opposition wins election in potential blow to China

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, Sep 24 : Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Indian Ocean archipelago nation’s presidential election on Monday, delivering a possible blow for China which has invested millions of dollars in projects under the outgoing administration. Incumbent Abdulla Yameen, who had cultivated ties with both Beijing and Saudi Arabia, conceded […]

Opposition leader Solih says he has won Maldives election

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, Sept 2 4: Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who fought a bitter election campaign against President Abdulla Yameen, said he had won Sunday’s presidential vote with a 16 percent margin after 92 percent of the votes had been counted. Provisional results counted in 446 of 472 ballot boxes by 1943 […]

Opposition candidate takes lead in Maldives presidential election

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, Sept 23 : Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has taken a 16 percentage point lead over incumbent Abdulla Yameen in the Maldives’ presidential election, according to early provisional counts reported by local media. Yameen was expected to cement his grip on power amid criticism over the fairness of the vote on […]

Maldives extends voting in tense presidential election

By Mohamed Junayd MALE, Sept 23 : The Maldives extended voting in the presidential election, in which Abdulla Yameen is expected to cement his grip on power, amid criticism over the fairness of the poll in the islands, best known as a luxury holiday destination. The Indian Ocean nation’s Election Commission has extended voting by […]

Facebook to drop on-site support for political campaigns

By Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 21 : Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. The company and other major online ad sellers including Alphabet Inc’s […]

Election in Russia’s Far East to be re-run after fraud scandal

By Polina Nikolskaya VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sep 20 : A regional election in Russia’s Far East will be re-run, the local election commission said on Thursday, dealing a rare blow to the Kremlin after allegations the vote had been rigged in its candidate’s favour. The ruling, in Russia’s Primorsky Region which includes the Pacific port of […]