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Maldives profile - Leaders

  • 5 December 2014
  • From the section Asia

President: Abdulla Yameen

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen
Abdulla Yameen is the half-brother or former president Gayoom

Abdulla Yameen won the presidential election run-off in November 2013, narrowly defeating the favourite Mohamed Nasheed in a ballot which voters hoped would end nearly two years of political turmoil.

The crisis occasionally spilled over into violent protests after Mr Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically-elected president in 2008, was forced to resign in 2012 in what he said was a coup.

Three attempts to hold the election were annulled or delayed in as many months.

Mr Yameen is a half-brother of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, whose autocratic rule lasted 30 years until 2008.

Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was president for 30 years until 2008

Mr Nasheed conceded defeat after a bitterly fought battle. and said he was pleased that the country finally had a democratically-elected leader.

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