In the fray for the election was Shahid as well as former foreign minister of Afghanistan Dr Zalmai Rassoul, who got 48 votes.
India had announced its support for Shahid during the visit of Foreign Secretary to Maldives in November 2020. At the time, he was the only candidate in the fray. Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar congratulated him on his election. “This is a testimony as much to his own stature as to the standing of Maldives. We look forward to working with him to strengthen multilateralism and its much needed reforms,” Jaishankar said on Twitter.