President Abdulla Yameen, discontent with the presidential election result, has protested in the capital city with a few of his supporters on Monday night.
Blaming vote fraud, few supporters of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) had gathered near the party headquarters at H. Hurafa on Sunday. The protestors accused the vote was manipulated and called on authorities to arrest members of the Elections Commission (EC) and carry out an investigation.
President Yameen also partook and spoke in the protest. Addressing the nation after the poll, he had accepted the election result and even congratulated president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. However, Monday night’s speech showed that he, in fact, did not accept the result of the poll.
Speaking to those gathered, President Yameen said he is absolutely flabbergasted with the election result and stated that he is still in shock.
President Yameen said while he had lost the election, EC had been under influence. He referred to a leaked audio of a ‘phone call’ that had been spreading like wildfire on social media, which was allegedly between EC Commissioner Ahmed Shareef and another individual. The commission has to respond to this and be held accountable, President Yameen said.
President Yameen said he would protest on Tuesday night as well, and called all his supporters in the islands to take to the streets and protest.
After President Yameen’s speech, police had arrived at the scene and ushered the crowd onto the pavement.