In a major blow to the authoritarian rule in the Maldives, veteran lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in the Presidential polls, and India hopes this will bring a new dawn to the strained relationship between the two countries.
The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, congratulated the new President and said New Delhi is looking to deepen partnership under 'Neighborhood First' policy.
Citizens feared elections may be rigged, favoring Yameen
In February, two Supreme Court judges and a former President (Yameen's half-brother) were arrested.
These factors made these elections highly-charged. Many residents worried the election might be rigged, favoring Yameen.
But Solih, with the support of four Opposition parties, secured 58.3 percent of the popular vote. Solih told Yameen for an orderly 'transition of power' and called his victory the first step to justice.