Sino-India tussle over Maldives far from over

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Elections in the Maldives late last month took an unexpected turn. Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen, who was widely expected to be returned to power, was unseated by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the avuncular consensus candidate backed by the country's major opposition parties.

After assuming power in 2013, following a coup against the country's first democratically elected leader the year before, Mr Yameen had spent his six-year presidency largely dismantling democracy at home while embracing China abroad.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2018, with the headline Sino-India tussle over Maldives far from over. Subscribe