Top UN officials have cautioned that Syria`s newly announced presidential elections have a risk of undermining efforts to achieve a political solution to the country`s three-year-old conflict, a UN spokesperson said here Monday.
After two failed attempts, the Maldives is set to hold its presidential elections on Saturday to avoid a constitutional crisis, with the three warring political parties agreeing on the final voters` list.
India on Saturday said it was "deeply disappointed" over the blocking of a key presidential revote in the Maldives and called on all stakeholders in the Indian Ocean nation to fulfil their responsibility and ensure the election was completed "without further delay".
Qutbudin Helal, a senior leader of the Hekmatyar-led anti-government Hizb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, has switched sides and Saturday registered his name to contest in the Afghan presidential polls set for April next year.
Campaigning started with new vigour in Maldives today for the presidential run-off between Mohamed Nasheed and his nearest rival Abdulla Yameen, who formed an alliance with other parties to defeat the former president.
Former president Mohammed Nasheed, who emerged as the clear winner in the first round of presidential polls in Maldives but fell short of a majority on Sunday said his victory in the September 28 run-off would be more emphatic.
Eighteen months after its first democratically elected President Mohamed Nasheed stepped down, Maldives will go to polls under the watchful eyes of 102 international observers which include a high-level team of former election commissioners from India.