The Maldives is expected to reduce its economic dependence on China as the ruling party led by a pro-India president is set to score a landslide victory in a Parliamentary Election.
The election commission on Sunday announced the preliminary results of the poll held the previous day.
The commission says President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party won more than 60 of the 87 seats at stake.
The opposition Progressive Party of Maldives led by former President Abdulla Yameen lags far behind.
Solih beat Yameen in the Presidential election last September by criticising him for being overly dependent on China.
The incumbent seeks closer ties with India.
During Yameen’s tenure, the island nation took out massive loans from China in connection with the “Belt and Road” initiative to create a huge economic zone connecting Asia and Europe.
The Maldives’ foreign debt is said to be nearly 50 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.