"The US and Maldives have a long history of cordial relations and we look forward to continuing this partnership with the new president and his administration," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.
    
"The extraordinarily high turnout on November 16th was a tribute to the Maldivian people's commitment to the democratic process and democratic values," she said.
    
"The United States Government reiterates its friendship with the Maldivian people as they work to build a peaceful and prosperous future," Psaki said.
    
Abdulla Yameen was on Monday sworn in as the sixth President of the Maldives after a shock run-off victory over favourite Mohammed Nasheed, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that plagued the nascent democracy.
    
Yameen is the half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
    
His swearing in brought to a close, the process,that began with the first vote on September 7, which was later annulled by the Supreme Court amid allegations of electoral fraud.
    
A re-vote planned for October 19 was further delayed, before finally being held on November 9 followed by a run-off on November 16.

(Agencies)

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