Maldives' ousted leader falls short of majority in presidential election, faces runoff

The first democratically elected president of the Maldives who was ousted from power last year faces a runoff after falling short of a clear majority in the first round of Indian Ocean archipelago's presidential election.

The Elections Commission announced early Sunday that former President Mohamed Nasheed had received 45 percent of the vote in Saturday's election. He faces a Sept. 28 runoff against Yaamin Abdul Qayyoom, a brother of Maldives' former autocrat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who received 25 percent.

Nasheed needed to receive more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.

Nasheed became president in the country's first multi-party election in 2008, ending 30 years of autocratic rule. He resigned last year amid public protests and later claimed he was ousted in a coup.