Maldives’ President Abdulla Yameen has conceded defeat after a surprise election win for the opposition in a poll that was billed as a test for democracy in the troubled island nation.
“The citizens of the Maldives had their say yesterday. And I accept that result,” Yameen said in a televised speech on Monday.
Extending his congratulations to president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Yameen said he met the opposition leader at the president’s office in Male shortly before his public remarks.
“I have served the Maldivian public sincerely,” Yameen said.
“But the public have made a decision on my service yesterday. So I intend to accept the result and once again, to remain in their service.”
He said he will stay on in the presidency until the end of his term on November 17.