Supporters of former President Mohamed Nasheed monitor election result updates on a giant screen at the party campaign headquarters in Male, Maldives, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Voters in the Maldives lined up to cast their ballots Saturday in a presidential runoff that comes amid international concerns that the tiny archipelago nation may slip back to strongman rule after long delays in the election. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain)
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Voters in the Maldives have chosen the brother of the archipelago nation’s former strongman to be their new president over the country’s first democratically elected leader in a closely fought runoff election on Saturday.
Yaamin Abdul Gayoom had 51.39 percent of the total vote, according to results provided by the official Elections Commission. Gayoom is the brother of former autocrat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled this Indian Ocean nation for 30 years.
Mohamed Nasheed, who was elected president in the first multiparty election in 2008 but resigned last year amid protests, received 48.61 percent of the vote.
Nasheed led with 47 percent in last Login to read more