Maldives election: Solih hails new dawn after claiming election win

Opposition Maldives candidate for president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at a polling station to vote in the capital Male on September 23, 2018.

(CNN)The Maldives was adjusting to a new political reality Monday after the surprise election of opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih over incumbent Abdulla Yameen, who had developed close ties with China during his five years in power.

The Maldives Foreign Ministry said Monday that Maldivian Democratic Party candidate Solih had won the majority of votes based on a provisional count, but that official results would be confirmed within one week.
Turnout was a staggering 89% as Maldivians on the island nation and offshore cast their votes in a controversial election that observers had warned was at risk of voter fraud.
In his first news conference since declaring victory Sunday, Solih said "this is a moment of happiness, this is a m