URGENT ¥¥¥ Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled

The Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup, the government said Wednesday.

"The election commission has announced September 7 as the date," Masood Imad, media secretary to President Mohamed Waheed, told AFP.