MALE (Reuters) – Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s party is heading for a historic landslide victory in parliamentary elections, provisional results showed, a move that will help him to investigate the scale of debts to China.
With 85 percent of ballot boxes counted, candidates from Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) lead in more than 60 out of 87 constituencies, according to local media projections.
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The Indian Ocean archipelago has been caught in a battle for influence between India and China, which invested millions of dollars during Yameen’s rule as part of its Belt and Road plan.
Since he unseated pro-China leader Abdulla Yameen in September, Solih’s MDP, which has governed in a coalition with three other parties, has warned that a building boom has left huge debts to Chinese lenders.
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The MDP has pledged to investigate the infrastructure projects and determine the islands’ true debt to China, which it fears could run as high as $3 billion and risks sinking the economy. Yameen denies any wrongdoing in relation to the Chinese debt.
According to the current projections, the MDP could take a near two-thirds majority in parliament, the first time a party has had such a majority since the first multi-party elections in 2008.
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The party’s leader, former president Mohamed Nasheed, also won his seat in a newly formed constituency...
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