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Maldives holds parliamentary polls despite delay fear

The Maldives held parliamentary elections Saturday on schedule, despite worries about the ability of the resort island's turmoil-hit elections commission to stage the ballot successfully. Results were due to be announced Sunday from the vote in the Indian Ocean holiday paradise. President Abdulla Yameen had voiced doubts over whether the elections commission could conduct the vote successfully after the chief and deputy were fired two weeks ago by the Supreme Court.

Voting begins in Maldives parliamentary polls

Parliamentary elections got under way in the Maldives Saturday despite the island nation's new president expressing doubts over whether the vote can be conducted, officials said. An ally of President Abdulla Yameen had petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking a delay of Saturday's polls, arguing that a depleted Elections Commission may not be able to conduct the vote. But with no court decision announced, "the election is going ahead as scheduled", Elections Commission official Aishath Reema told AFP.

Maldives to go ahead with polls, says commission

The Maldivian elections commission said Friday it planned to go ahead with this weekend's parliamentary polls despite the islands' new president expressing doubts over whether the vote can be conducted. President Abdulla Yameen told a public rally in the capital island Male on Thursday night that a depleted Elections Commission may not be able to conduct the vote which is due to take place on Saturday.

US criticises Maldives over sacking of elections chief

The United States led international criticism of the Maldives on Tuesday after the island nation's top court sacked its election commissioner two weeks before polls, questioning its commitment to democracy. The US State Department accused the Supreme Court of overstating its powers and undermining the election commission after Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy were sacked Sunday for "disobeying and challenging" its orders.

Maldives' election chief sacked after vote chaos

The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the country's elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president. Less than a fortnight before parliamentary elections are due, Chief Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahmed Fayaz were dismissed for "disobeying and challenging" orders issued by the court in its role as "guardian of the constitution". Thowfeek was given a six-month prison sentence, which was suspended for three years, in a decision read out in court late on Sunday.

Maldives court sacks elections officials for disobedience

MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed the country's top elections officials for failing to follow its guidelines during last year's presidential polls and for disbanding eight political parties ahead of a parliamentary election this month. The court ordered the head of the commission, Fuwad Thowfeek, and his deputy, Ahmed Fayaz, removed from their posts and asked the parliament to appoint replacements within six days. Thowfeek received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for three years.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen was inaugurated Sunday, a day after his shock election victory that ended nearly two years of turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was sworn in by the chief justice at a nationally televised ceremony attended by his defeated opponent Mohamed Nasheed.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen was inaugurated Sunday, a day after his shock election victory that ended nearly two years of turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was sworn in by the chief justice at a nationally televised ceremony attended by his defeated opponent Mohamed Nasheed.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Abdulla Yameen took power in the Maldives Sunday after a shock election victory, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was due to be sworn in at a presidential inauguration ceremony at around 1:00pm (0800 GMT). The United States and regional superpower India were among the first to congratulate Yameen and said they looked forward to working closely with the new leader.

Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil

Abdulla Yameen took power in the Maldives Sunday after an election victory, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah. Yameen, the half-brother of the islands' long-time strongman ruler, was due to be sworn in at a presidential inauguration ceremony at around 1:00pm (0800 GMT).
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