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Maldives election outcome deals blow to Belt and Road

Win by president's pro-India party emboldens pushback against China-funded projects

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wants a probe into China-led infrastructure projects negotiated under his predecessor.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- The new president of the Maldives has gained support for his efforts to loosen the Indian Ocean nation's economic bonds with China, as his party won a wide majority in weekend parliamentary elections.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's Maldivian Democratic Party, which leans toward rival regional power India, won around 60 of the legislature's 87 seats, preliminary results announced late Sunday show.

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