The ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has, at Wednesday night’s protest, passed a resolution declaring that President Abdulla Yameen is the winner of the 2018 presidential election.
While PPM continues to hold protests in capital Malé unlawfully, the resolution was read out by the sitting president’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Muaz Ali.
It reads that Yameen won the presidential election held on September 23 ‘with 69.77 percent of the votes.’
Those gathered near the PPM office, where the nightly protests are held, voted in favor of the resolution. They were seen with placards with messages against the Elections Commission, with some covering their faces.
“With the passing of this resolution, President Abdulla Yameen won the presidential election with the clear majority of 69.77 of the votes,” added Yameen’s spokesperson.
This resolution comes a day after the protesters passed another one saying that Ibrahim Mohamed Solih ‘is not the elected president’.
While they claim that President Yameen had won the presidential election, final election results show that the Joint Opposition’s candidate won with 58.4 percent votes.
Seven days after conceding defeat and accepting the result, Yameen took part in PPM’s protest and announced that he does not believe he got just 96,000 votes.
“This does not mean I do not accept the results,” he added.
He then called on PPM supporters to continue protesting across the nation ‘in order to hold the Elections Commission answerable’.
PPM and President Yameen accuse the Commission of vote rigging, despite its Commissioner being a senior official in his rebid campaign up until his appointment to the post in March this year.