Maldives police defend blocking presidential election

The Maldives police Saturday defended their move to stop the presidential election scheduled for earlier in the day, and insisted a vote would have been "unlawful" and could have sparked "national instability".

Maldives cancels presidential poll over political impasse

The Maldives Elections Commissioner Fuad Thaufeeq called off his country`s presidential poll just an hour ahead of voting Saturday, citing technical wrangling over the electoral list by two candidates and lack of support from police.