The Philippines has declared an election in a presidential election held last year, marking the first time since World War II that a majority of voters are from outside the country.
The winner of the election will face incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte on December 20, the Philippines’ first election in which a majority ethnic group will represent the majority of the electorate.
The ruling party, the Liberal Party, said the results were announced Wednesday at a news conference.
The party said the new election would be held to elect Duterte to a term that would run for two more years.
It has been widely criticized for allowing a man who has bragged about sexually assaulting women to become president.
Duterte is not a political outsider.
He won reelection in 2015 with 55 percent of the vote, beating his main rival, former President Benigno Aquino III, who finished with 35 percent.
His win has been seen as a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” by making the Philippines a major ally in a post-Trump world.