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Maldives Supreme Court to rule on election petition soon

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:45

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.

First Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 11:45
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