Mohammed Nasheed `graciously` accepts defeat as Yameen wins Maldives run-off

Former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed, who won earlier run-offs, on Sunday accepted defeat saying he didn`t want to incite violence.

Zee Media Bureau

Male: Former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed on Sunday accepted defeat saying he didn`t want to incite violence.

"I graciously accept defeat. We lost by a very small margin. Democracy is a process. It is up to us to make it work," said Nasheed.

Maldives Presidential run-off which came after rounds of delayed polls, saw Abdulla Yameen of Progressive Party of Maldives winning the election as he got 51.6 percent of votes against the 48.61 percent garnered by Nasheed.

Maldives presidential run-off saw a huge turnout with 91.41 percent voters coming to cast their votes.

Accepting his defeat gracefully, Nasheed of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) said, "I sincerely accept my defeat in the election. We lost the election because 5,000 citizens said they want people other than us to lead the government," he added.

Nasheed`s statement came as Maldives Election commission announced Abdulaah Yameen as the next President of the island nation.

"According to the official results of this election, I hereby announce that the Progressive Party of Maldives` presidential candidate Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom of Ma. Kaaminee Hulhanguge has been elected the president of the Maldives for the presidential term that began on 11 November 2013, " declared Elections Commission president Fuad Thaufeeq.

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