In the absence of Nasheed and top Opposition leaders, who were either jailed or forced to flee the island nation after President Yameen came to power, it was Solih who coordinated and led the Opposition.
The prosecutor general's office on Sunday sought a Supreme Court review of Nasheed's conviction under the country's tough terrorism law for ordering the military to detain a top judge when he was president in 2012.
Change of regime in Maldives brings relief to India after strained relations with Yameen govt and amid concerns about growing Chinese influence. Now, all eyes will be on how Malé manages a new coalition.
Nasheed, Maldives' first democratically-elected leader who lives in exile in Sri Lanka, on Friday said he had decided to relinquish his presidential ticket as the national election commission ruled him illegible to run. Ibrahim Solih was first elected to parliament in 1994.
Asserting that the US stands with the people of Maldives, the State Department spokesperson said Yameen, the army and police should respect the Maldives' international human rights obligations and commitments.