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US rebukes Maldives top court as election suspended again

The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for Sunday, blocking a vote for the third time in two months. "Efforts by the Supreme Court to repeatedly and unduly interfere in the electoral process subverts Maldives' democracy and takes decision-making out of the hands of the people," the US embassy to the Maldives and Sri Lanka said in a strongly-worded statement from Colombo.

Maldives opposition leader accuses court of sabotaging elections

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday accused the country's top court of deliberately delaying presidential elections as part of a ploy to block his return to power. The Supreme Court early Sunday suspended the runoff election hours before it was due to start, halting a presidential vote for the third time in two months and raising fears of a prolonged political crisis in the young democracy.

Maldives' democratic process breaks down again amid bickering

By J.J. Robinson MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives' top court delayed holding the second round of the country's presidential poll yet again on Sunday, prolonging a political crisis that has sparked international criticism over the Indian Ocean state's repeated failure to hold free elections. Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader who first came to power in 2008 after 30 years of one-man rule, won the first round of voting on Saturday but failed to win a clear majority.

Crisis in Maldives as court again suspends election

The Maldives' top court suspended the presidential election runoff scheduled for Sunday, blocking a vote for the third time in two months and raising fears of a prolonged political crisis in the young democracy. Western countries have warned that delays in resolving the crisis will damage the Indian Ocean atoll nation and its fragile tourism-dependent economy.

Political chaos as Maldives Supreme Court suspends run-off vote

Presidential elections in the Maldives were thrown into disarray on Sunday after the Supreme Court suspended a run-off vote, denying former president Mohamed Nasheed the chance to return to power 21 months after he was ousted. Despite growing international concerns over the Indian Ocean atoll nation's failure to elect a new president, it is the third time in two months that authorities have stepped in to prevent polls taking place, leaving the nation in political limbo.

Supreme Court stops Maldives run-off vote

The Supreme Court in the Maldives ordered the suspension of run-off presidential elections due to take place Sunday, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round. "All relevant state authorities are informed that today's election cannot take place," the court said, agreeing to a demand by a defeated candidate to put off the second round. aj/jw

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Supreme Court stops Maldives run-off vote

The Supreme Court in the Maldives ordered the suspension of run-off presidential elections due to take place Sunday, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round. "All relevant state authorities are informed that today's election cannot take place," the court said, agreeing to a demand by a defeated candidate to put off the second round. The court said the "most suitable date" for the next round would be November 16, despite strongly worded statements from the United States and the Commonwealth that elections should be held without further delay.

Nasheed tops Maldives vote, faces shaky run-off

The Maldives first freely elected president Mohamed Nasheed topped Saturday's bitterly-fought elections but faces a tricky run-off that is likely to be delayed as he bids to return to power 21 months after he was ousted. Nasheed garnered 46.93 percent of the popular vote but fell short of the 50 percent needed to win outright in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation best known as a honeymoon destination.

Maldives election result may prolong unrest

By J.J. Robinson MALE (Reuters) - Former leader Mohamed Nasheed edged ahead in the first round of the Maldives presidential race on Saturday, but his lack of a clear majority will mean a run-off with his nearest rival as early as Sunday. Nasheed, the Indian Ocean state's first democratically elected leader, who was ousted from power last year, won 46.66 percent of the vote, according to provisional results.
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