New Delhi: Congratulating Maldives Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih over his thumping victory in the Presidential Election, India on Monday asserted that the poll not only marks the triumph of democratic forces in the South Asian country, but also reflects the firm commitment to the values of democracy and the rule of law. Also Read - India Deploys MARCOS In Eastern Ladakh, Naval Commandos To Get New Boats Soon

“We welcome the successful completion of the third Presidential election process in the Maldives which, according to preliminary information, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won. We heartily congratulate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory and hope that the Election Commission will officially confirm the result at the earliest,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a press statement. Also Read - UK PM Johnson Speaks with PM Modi on COVID-19 Vaccines, Climate Change And Trade

India further asserted that it is looking forward to work closely with the Maldives. “In keeping with our ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy, India looks forward to working closely with the Maldives in further deepening our partnership,” the External Affairs Ministry added.

The United States also congratulated the people of Maldives, who peacefully raised their democratic voices to determine the future of their country.

Maldives Opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the country’s bitterly-fought presidential election with 58.3 per cent of the popular vote, official results claimed. Results released by the Elections Commission showed Solih securing 1,33,808 votes compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 2,62,000-strong electorate.