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Beijing loses a battle in the Maldives -- but the fight for influence goes on

The archipelago shows democracy's power, but will struggle to resist lure of Chinese money

| South Asia

The Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives, comprising 1,190 coral atolls, has been roiled by a deepening national crisis since its first democratically-elected president was forced to resign at gunpoint in 2012.

The surprise defeat of authoritarian President Abdulla Yameen in the Sept. 23 national election opens the path to stability and reconciliation under the leadership of the winning opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

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