Outgoing President Abdulla Yameen, who lost his bid for re-election in the Presidential poll held last week, joined a protest held by the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Monday night, where he accused the Elections Commission of 'hoodwinking' the election.
He also spoke of a leaked audio clip, allegedly of Elections Commissioner Ahmed Shareef and another individual, saying that Shareef must answer 'accordingly' to the allegations.
In the leaked audio clip, Shareef is heard saying that at the moment, President Yameen wants to “get it done” no matter what is put at stake, and the person on the other end of the line is heard telling him to “not follow through orders” no matter what he is told to do. While this was leaked earlier on Monday, Shareef has since said that it is forged with mixes of different conversations.
Yameen also said that he does not believe that he received 96,000 votes, noting that he believes that it is the 'minimum number' of votes he received.
"But this does not mean that I do accept that results, it does not at all mean that I do not accept the results," he added.
According to the final result announced by the Elections Commission on Saturday, Yameen received 96,052 votes. The Joint Opposition's Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won with 134,705 votes.
Further, Yameen, who during his five-year term imposed various restrictions of freedom of assembly and speech, called on