Thousands of Maldivians reside in the neighbouring country.
The Maldives improved its ranking for the first time since 2010.
Mahloof was suspended over transactions with a company implicated in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.
The Newport restaurant was not closed despite an eviction notice.
The prohibition on foreign ownership of Maldivian territory was restored.
The MDP took 65 seats with 46 percent of the vote.
The changes seek to improve oversight mechanisms.
The by-election was called after the resignation of two council members.
A recount of Maamigili boxes showed more than 100 valid votes were voided.
The presumptive majority leader deferred to President Solih on changing the form of government.
Teams from the EU, Commonwealth and foreign embassies observed the election.
MDP won an unprecedented super majority of the 87-member parliament.
MDP has taken a two-third majority of the 19th parliament.
Rolling coverage of the Maldives parliamentary elections.
Polls opened at 8am across the country.