Solih secured 61 percent of the vote with 24,566 ballots, beating his challenger, former President Mohamed Nasheed with 15,641.
Abdulla Yameen, who lost power in 2018, will remain the party's presidential candidate for the 2023 election, despite the corruption conviction, according to his party.
The court said it expects to announce the sentence soon. Yameen has denied any wrongdoing.
After ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka and PM Wickremesinghe became acting president, many protesters insisted that Wickremesinghe too should step aside.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, his wife and two bodyguards left aboard a Sri Lankan Air Force plane and landed in the city of Male, the capital of the Maldives, officials say.
A presidential decree has effectively banned an opposition-led movement against Indian influence and military presence in the Maldives, drawing criticism for stifling dissent.
Five superyachts owned by Russian billionaires were seen in the Indian Ocean island Maldives following the imposition of severe Western sanctions on Moscow in reprisal for its attack on Ukraine.
A new draft law targeting a movement critical of Indian influence in the Maldives follows previous alleged attempts to silence dissent.
Many Turkish firms are particularly keen on investing in the Maldives' tourism sector, the Turkish foreign minister says.
Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom was accused of corruption and stifling dissent and the media during his time in office.
Fear of a permanent Indian military presence kickstarts debate over archipelago’s sovereignty.
In an online webinar hosted by a Danish think tank, experts highlighted how the rise of China across South Asia has left an unpleasant impact on India’s relations with its smaller neighbours.
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