Maldives urges backing for fresh presidential polls
The Maldives government on Tuesday urged all parties to back fresh elections after the Supreme Court annulled last month’s results, a move that has raised fears of new tensions on the troubled archipelago. The government also called for international support for the new presidential polls expected to be held by October 20, after deepening concern overseas over the constitutional turmoil in the country. The court late Monday ordered a fresh ballot, suspending the first round of voting on September 7, won by former leader Mohamed Nasheed and hailed as free and fair by local and international observers.
The government of incumbent President Mohamed Waheed also pledged a “smooth transfer of power” to the winner of the fresh elections. The Supreme Court had suspended a run-off election that was due to take place on September 28 on allegations of irregularities in the first round in which Nasheed narrowly missed garnering 50 percent of the ballots needed to claim outright victory.
The court’s decision to suspend the run-off angered Nasheed and his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and there had been occasionally violent protests in the islands.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories