Pro-China party wins Maldives parliament election amid India row

Srinagar, April 22 (KNS): President Mohamed Muizzu's party secured a landslide win at parlimentary elections, reports said on Monday.

Muizzu's People's National Congress (PNC) won 65 of the 93 seats up for grabs on Sunday, preliminary results from the Maldives Elections Commission and media projections show.

As per reports, the main opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) dwindled to just 12 seats from 65 earlier.

Both China and India have wooed the Maldives as they vie for influence in the Indo-Pacific region.Click Here To Follow Our WhatsApp Channel

Elected last year, Muizzu has pledged to end the country's "India First" policy, straining ties with New Delhi.

His government has asked dozens of Indian military personnel to leave the Maldives, a move critics say could hasten its shift towards China.

Muizzu's post as president is not affected by Sunday's vote, in which 368 candidates contested for five-year terms. (KNS) 

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