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About Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is former President of Maldives.

Professional Biography

As President of Maldives

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has the record of being the longest serving leader in Asia. During his tenure, Gayoom survived at least three coup attempts. The most serious was in 1988 when a disgruntled Maldivian businessman hired Sri Lankan Tamil mercenaries to stage an armed attack on the capital. It was put down with the help of troops from neighbouring India.

Maldives Elections 2008

Gayoom lost to former political prisoner Mohammed Nasheed in the first-ever democratic presidential polls in 2008. He won the first round in October 08 but failed to secure the 50 per cent needed for outright victory.

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