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Maldives election paves way for China deals investigations

New party with super majority secures chance to tackle corruption

COLOMBO -- A landslide parliamentary victory for the party of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has strengthened his hand to investigate corruption during his pro-China predecessor's term when the new session of the 87-seat legislature opens in May. The revelations are expected to test the ties between the strategically located Indian Ocean archipelago and China, its largest lender.

Solih wasted little time in driving home his anti-corruption message following the results of the April 6 election, where his Maldivian Democratic Party secured a record 65 seats. "The presidential commissions I established will hopefully start functioning at a better pace with the new parliament," Solih told a crowd of raucous MDP supporters celebrating the electoral triumph.

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