The Latest: Maldives’ opposition candidate declares victory

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on the Maldives’ presidential election (all times local):

12:25 a.m.

Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives’ third-ever multiparty presidential elections.

Independent newspaper website reports that Solih has 58.3 percent of the vote, with nearly 92 percent of ballots counted.

Independent election watchdog Transparency Maldives tweeted that Solih has won “by a decisive margin.”

The opposition had feared the election would be rigged in favor of Maldives’ strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, whose first term in office was marked by a crackdown on political rivals, courts and the media.

In a victory speech in Maldives’ capital Male, Solih called it “a moment of happiness, hope and history.”