Maldives Supreme Court to rule on election petition soon
United Nations: Maldives says it is expected to rule in the coming days on a petition that has held up a second round of voting in its contentious presidential election.
Acting foreign minister, Mariyam Shakeela, told the UN General Assembly today that the integrity of the second round can`t be maintained without ensuring the first round was fair.
Shakeela said the election process can continue after the court`s verdict, allowing a new president to be sworn in November 11.
The UN and Western nations had all praised the conduct of the first round.
The front-runner in that vote accused the court of colluding with Maldives` former autocratic ruler to deny him victory.
Maldives held its first multi-party election in 2008 but has faced political turmoil in the past year.
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