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Solih concedes defeat in Maldives presidential election

People's National Congress (PNC) candidate Mohamed Muizzu casts his ballot at a polling station during the second round of Maldives' presidential election in Male on September 30, 2023. Photo: AFP

Maldives leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih conceded defeat in Saturday's presidential vote after an official count showed his pro-China rival Mohamed Muizzu in an unassailable lead.

"Congratulations to president-elect Muizzu," Solih wrote on X, formerly Twitter, after the Elections Commission of the Maldives showed his opponent winning 54 percent of ballots.

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