Maldives ousted president faces runoff election
MALE, Maldives (AP) - The first democratically elected president of the Maldives, who was ousted from power last year, faces a runoff after falling short of a clear majority in the first round of Indian Ocean archipelago's presidential election.
Mr Mohamed Nasheed, who received 45 percent of the vote in Saturday's election contested by four candidates, could still face an uphill task in securing a simple majority because of a possible alliance among his three opponents in the second round of voting.
He faces a Sept 28 runoff against Yaamin Abdul Qayyoom, a brother of Maldives' former autocrat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who received 25 percent, according to results released by the Elections Commission on Sunday.
Mr Nasheed needed to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Businessman Qasim Ibrahim was a close third with 24 percent, while incumbent President Mohamed Waheed Hassan ended with 5 percent.