PNC Wins Landslide Victory in 2024 Maldives Parliamentary Election

Maldives' pro-China president's party wins landslide victory, shifting regional geopolitics as India's influence wanes.

Ayesha Mumtaz
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PNC Wins Landslide Victory in 2024 Maldives Parliamentary Election

PNC Wins Landslide Victory in 2024 Maldives Parliamentary Election

The People's National Congress (PNC) party, led by Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, has secured a landslide victory in the 2024 parliamentary elections, winning 70 out of 93 seats in the People's Majlis. The PNC's coalition partners, the Maldives National Party (MNP) and the Maldives Development Alliance (MDA), also won 1 and 2 seats respectively, giving the pro-China Muizzu government a strong majority in the parliament.

The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), seen as pro-India and led by former president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, suffered a significant defeat, winning only 15 seats, down from 65 in the previous parliament. The election saw a record low voter turnout of around 75% of eligible voters, down from 81.32% in the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Muizzu's pro-China foreign policy was a key factor in the election, as he has taken steps to remove Indian military personnel from the country and increase Chinese influence through the Belt and Road initiative. The election was closely watched by regional powers India and China, who are competing for influence in the strategically located Maldives.

Why this matters: The PNC's victory represents a strong endorsement of Muizzu's policies and a shift towards closer ties with China. This could have significant implications for the geopolitical balance in the region, as the Maldives has traditionally been an ally of India.

The election results reflect the shifting political dynamics in the Maldives, with the PNC's victory seen as a boost for Muizzu's pro-China policies, which have strained the country's relations with India. "The Maldivian people have given us a mandate to implement our policies and programs," Muizzu said in a statement following the election results. The PNC's supermajority in parliament is expected to enable Muizzu to push through his agenda with fewer obstacles.

Key Takeaways

  • Maldives' pro-China PNC party wins landslide victory in 2024 parliamentary polls.
  • PNC and allies secure 73 out of 93 seats, giving Muizzu's govt a strong majority.
  • Main opposition MDP suffers defeat, winning only 15 seats down from 65 previously.
  • Muizzu's pro-China foreign policy a key factor, straining ties with India.
  • PNC's supermajority expected to enable Muizzu to push through his agenda.