Runoff election to choose next president of Maldives

MALE, Maldives, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Abdulla Yameen, half-brother of a man who ruled the Maldives for three decades, has been elected the country's president, beating out the expected victor.

Second round of Maldivian voting delayed

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Maldivians waited a long time to vote in weekend presidential elections and shouldn't have to endure delays with a second round of voting, the U.N. chief said.

Maldives Supreme Court delays presidential run-off

MALE, Maldives, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Maldivians' third attempt to elect a president is on hold after no candidate won a majority Saturday and the Supreme Court postponed Sunday's run-off.

U.N. secretary-general voices concern over Maldives election

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations urged presidential elections be held soon in Maldives, as the political situation on the Indian Ocean island nation remained unclear Monday.

Maldives president bows out of election

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- President Mohamed Waheed of the Maldives has withdrawn from the presidential election after a poor showing in the first -- and annulled -- round of voting.

Former Maldives president arrested

MALE, Maldives, March 5 (UPI) -- Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, was arrested Tuesday in what was viewed as an attempt to prevent him from running for office.

Nasheed faces arrest warrant in Maldives

MALE, Maldives, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, facing an arrest warrant, walked into the Indian Embassy but may be free for now.

Gayoom back in Maldives

MALE, Maldives, March 7 (UPI) -- Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has returned home, denying allegations he was involved in the ouster of his successor Mohamed Nasheed.

Group says resorts tied to Maldives coup

LONDON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A coup in Maldives was financed by former regime officials tied to the country's lucrative tourism industry, a pro-democracy group claims.

Ties with China stressed

MALE, Maldives, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Maldives seeks closer trade and culture ties with China, the president of the Indian Ocean island nation said.

Maldives political crisis rages

MALE, Maldives, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The political crisis in Maldives showed no signs of ending Monday as supporters of ousted President Mohamed Nasheed pressed on for his reinstatement.

Maldives president resigns

MALE, Maldives, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives resigned Tuesday after weeks of public unrest, saying staying in office would only increase problems.

Challenger wins Maldives presidency

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Challenger Mohamed Nasheed defeated Asia's longest serving leader, Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in a runoff election, officials said.

Multiparty election held in Maldives

MALE, Maldives, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom fought Wednesday to retain his title in the first multiparty presidential poll on the Indian Ocean island nation.

Maldives president saved by Boy Scout

MALE, Maldives, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom escaped a stabbing attack Tuesday, thanks to a Boy Scout who reportedly pinned down the attacker.
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Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Dhivehi: މައުމޫނު އަބްދުލް ގައްޔޫމް) (born December 29, 1937) was President of the Maldives from 1978 to 2008; currently, he is the leader of the opposition, heading the Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party. After serving as Minister of Transport, he was elected as President by the Majlis and succeeded Ibrahim Nasir on November 11, 1978. He eventually became the longest-ruling head of government in Asia. After 30 years in office, he was defeated in the October 2008 presidential election and was succeeded by Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldivian Democratic Party on November 11, 2008.

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the son of Abdul Gayoom (Maafaiygey Dhon Seedhi) and Khadheeja . His father had 25 children by 8 different wives and Gayoom is the 10th in his family. His mother died when he was studying in Cairo, Egypt. Gayoom's father, who died in 1982 at the age of 87, saw the first term of his son's presidency. His father was appointed the chief judge for some time.

Much of Gayoom's early life was spent in Egypt. He was among the 15 students selected at the direction of the then-president Mohamed Amin Didi for special education overseas. At the age of 10, he left for Egypt on 15 September 1947, with a stopover in Sri Lanka for a few days. However, his departure from Sri Lanka was delayed for two and a half years because of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, during which he completed his secondary education at Royal College, Colombo. When the war ended, he left for Egypt in March 1950 along with other Maldivian students.

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