Maldives set for election run off

Maldives set for election run off

The Maldives' first democratic presidential election goes to a second round run-off shortly.

Asia's longest-serving leader, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, is facing former political prisoner and pro-democracy leader Mohamed Nasheed.

President Gayoom won the first round earlier this month, but failed to secure the 50% needed for outright victory over Mr Nasheed.

Both candidates say they are confident of victory.

The campaigning was noisy with rallies late into Sunday night and parades of trucks and taxis in the narrow streets of the cramped island capital of Male.

Opposition candidates who were knocked out are now supporting Mr Nasheed, known as Anni.

President Gayoom has ruled the Maldives since 1978 and claims credit for making the country South Asia's most prosperous, largely thanks to tourists who come for the white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons.

He began a reform programme following international criticism of his suppression of street protests in 2004.

Reasons to win

This is the first time President Gayoom has allowed competition in an election.

Mohamed Nasheed has said he is a dictator and a has-been sultan, and that the Maldives needs change.

When asked how it felt, to be standing, potentially, on the brink of power after years spent in the pro-democracy struggle, Mr Nasheed said: "I've been tortured twice, I've spent numerous years behind bars and numerous days in solitary confinement. It's heart lifting to see that if you work on something consistently without losing focus that you will be able to achieve your goals."

But President Gayoom is confident of victory too.

"I need five more years for one thing to complete my reform agenda. I want it to be my legacy to the country that the country enjoys a full democratic system," he said while campaigning in the far north of the archipelago.

Both men going into this election have deep personal reasons for wanting to win.

The Presidency of the Maldives would be the culmination of Mohamed Nasheed's long campaign for democracy. For President Gayoom victory would be a vindication of his decades in power.


News of October 2017

31 Oct 2008

Winner of World Luxury Hotel Award 2008 conferred on Hulhule Island Hotel Maldives

It was a historical moment when the winners of ‘World Luxury Hotel Awards 2008’ were announced at Cape Town on October 18, 2008. Top Luxur [...]

31 Oct 2008

The new President elect of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed

The remarkable political journey of the 41-year-old leader started at John Moores University in Liverpool in 1984 where he read maritime studies. Afte [...]

31 Oct 2008

Alliance To Determine Cabinet Posts Political Appointees

The cabinet of the new coalition government, which the MDP says will consist of 12 members, and other political appointees will be decided on by a com [...]

29 Oct 2008

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Concedes

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has conceded defeat after facing opponents for the first time in a presidential election. "Beloved citizens of th [...]

28 Oct 2008

Challenger wins in Maldives poll

Opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has won a run-off election to become the new president of the Maldives, say official preliminary results. Mr Nashee [...]

28 Oct 2008

Fire breaks out in STO Medical Services warehouse

A fire broke out at the State Trading Organization’s People’s Choice Medical Services warehouse in Male’ around 1:10pm today. Police [...]

27 Oct 2008

The Maldives now for children too

In word-association tests, if you don’t answer “The Maldives” when the psychologist says honeymoon, the good doctor will give you a [...]

27 Oct 2008

Maldives set for election run off

The Maldives' first democratic presidential election goes to a second round run-off shortly. Asia's longest-serving leader, President Maumoon Abdul G [...]

25 Oct 2008

LIGNE ST BARTH brings Caribbean flair to the Maldives

The newly-opened Irufushi Beach & Spa Resort in the Noonu Atoll offers deluxe wellness and, starting November 2008, the Maldives Island resort wil [...]

25 Oct 2008

Taj Exotica adds pools and extended decks to each of the Deluxe Lagoon Villas

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is delighted to report that Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Maldives continues to go from strength to strength following so [...]

© 2017

Top Travelling Sites Travel Directory