Maldives president concedes election as opposition MP Solih wins

The Maldives’ strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conceded Sunday’s election to his challenger. Yameen said at a news conference televised live from the capital, Male: “I know I have to step down now,” AP reports. The Election Commission released provisional results earlier on Monday, which showed that long-serving lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had won with 58.3 percent of the vote. Solih’s win was unexpected, and opposition party members had feared that Yameen would rig the vote in his favor. Since his election in 2013, Yameen has cracked down on political dissent, having jailed rivals and Supreme Court justices.