Ex-leader faces Maldives run-off after split poll results

Mohamed Nasheed, seen casting his vote, was forced to resign in 2012 following a mutiny by police and military forces. Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Former Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed will face a run-off election later this month after failing to land a majority in the presidential poll.

According to the election commission, Mr Nasheed secured 45.45% of the total votes polled, compared to his main rival Abdulla Yameen's 25.35%.

The run-off between the two will take place on September 28.

Gasim Ibrahim, a resort tycoon, narrowly missed out after securing 24.07%, while incumbent president Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik languished last with only 5.13% votes.