Maldives sets new date for postponed election

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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The Maldives will hold a new presidential election on November 9, the election commission said, two days after the police stopped the vote taking place.

The archipelago nation has been in turmoil since February 2012 when former president Mohamed Nasheed was removed in what his supporters called a coup.

Nasheed, who won the Maldives’ first free election in 2008 and was frontrunner for Saturday’s halted vote, warned on Sunday of a “constitutional void” if a new election was not held before the term of the current president, Mohamed Waheed, ends on November 11.”We have decided to hold the first round of presidential elections on November 9, and if necessary, a second round on November 16,” Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek told reporters in the capital Male

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