Former Maldives president makes comeback from exile with landslide win

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The former Maldives president has vowed sweeping reforms and an end to government corruption after leading his party to victory.

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The former Maldives president on Sunday vowed sweeping reforms and an end to government corruption after leading his party to a landslide victory just five months since returning from exile.

Mr Yameen did not run, but his party - the Progressive Party of Maldives - ended with a poor showing and is projected to only secure four seats in the People's Majlis, or parliament. Mr Nasheed also vowed to transform the Maldives, a popular honeymoon destination home to 340,000 Sunni Muslims, into a parliamentary democracy.

As the results trickled in Saturday, and Mr Nasheed's victory was clearly within grasp, the dogged political veteran declared the Maldives was heading for"a golden yellow dawn". Yellow is the colour of his party.Election officials estimated the final turnout to be just under 80 per cent, down from 89 per cent recorded at the September presidential election. The official results could take days.

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