During his time in office, Solih championed an "India First" policy, but Muizzu's coalition has previously supported Chinese loans and investment projects. The victory signals a potential change in direction for the Maldives, with implications for its international relationships.
Former President Abdulla Yameen, who has close ties to Muizzu, is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence on charges of corruption and money laundering. Yameen's supporters argue that the charges were politically motivated. Muizzu has called for Yameen's release to house arrest.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Muizzu on his victory and expressed India's commitment to strengthening its bilateral relationship with the Maldives and enhancing cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region.