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Crisis-hit Maldives to vote again

The Maldives will try once more to elect a new leader on Saturday as the honeymoon islands faces a leadership void with the current president out of the country. After an annulled result and two cancelled polls, foreign diplomats increasingly view delays as politically motivated and the European Union has warned of "appropriate measures" if Saturday's election fails.

Maldives holds run-off election after delays and protests

By J.J. Robinson MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives holds a run-off presidential election on Saturday that the Indian Ocean archipelago's 240,000 voters hope will end two years of political turmoil. Three previous attempts to elect a new leader of the have been annulled or postponed in as many months, as election favorite Mohamed Nasheed and the parliament have clashed with a political old guard backed by the Supreme Court.

Maldives president leaves country on eve of crucial polls

The president of the Maldives has left the country on the eve of national elections that have been delayed three times, his spokesman said Friday, leaving a leadership void amid a constitutional crisis. Mohamed Waheed, who took office after a contested transfer of power last February, left for Hong Kong via Singapore on Thursday evening to accompany his wife to a medical appointment, spokesman Masood Imad said. Presidential elections are to be held on Saturday.

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 the poll 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.

UN 'gravely concerned' by Maldives vote delay

UN leader Ban Ki-moon is "gravely concerned" by the suspension of a presidential runoff vote in the Maldives due to be held Sunday, a spokesman said. Ban wants the vote held in the Indian Ocean nation without further delay, said the UN spokesman Martin Nesirky. The Maldives Supreme Court postponed the vote a few hours before it was due to start.

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.
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