Opposition Candidate Declares Surprise Victory in Maldives

Maldives opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says he has won the country's controversial presidential election.His supporters, chanting his nickname "Ibu, Ibu, Ibu," took to the streets early Monday to celebrate his surprise win against incumbent President Abdullah Yameen."This is a moment of happiness, a moment of hope," Solih said. "I would like to call on President Yameen to accept the will of the people and begin a smooth transition of power, as per the constitution."Solih said he had a 16 percent lead with 92 percent of the votes counted.The Election Commission has acknowledged Solih's win, but says official results will not be released until the end of the month.

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