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Maldives strongman's election defeat upheld by Supreme Court

Colombo - The Maldives' top court Sunday ended weeks of uncertainty by rejecting strongman President Abdulla Yameen's controversial bid to annul last month's election results, upholding his landslide defeat to an opposition candidate.

Maldives court frees ex-leader Gayoom

Colombo - A Maldivian court overturned the 19-month jail term of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Thursday, a month after the former president's estranged half-brother and jailer suffered a shock election drubbing.

Maldives judges hear strongman's election challenge

Colombo - Maldives judges on Sunday heard a petition by strongman president Abdulla Yameen to have his recent election defeat annulled, potentially triggering US sanctions and plunging the archipelago into fresh turmoil.

US warns Maldives leader against underming vote result

Colombo - The United States warned Saturday that action could be taken against outgoing Maldives president Abdulla Yameen if he seeks to overturn his election defeat.

Maldives court to hear strongman's election challenge

Colombo - The Maldives Supreme Court said Thursday it would examine President Abdulla Yameen's petition to annul his September election defeat despite international pressure on the strongman leader to go quietly.

Maldives strongman challenges election defeat

Colombo - Maldives strongman President Abdulla Yameen filed a legal challenge Wednesday against his recent landslide election defeat despite international pressure for him to go quietly.

Opposition candidate confirmed Maldives president-elect

Colombo - The shock winner of the Maldives' leadership vote was declared president-elect on Saturday, with election authorities saying they received death threats to delay the final announcement of strongman Abdulla Yameen's decisive loss.

Maldives opposition seeks foreign help for transition

Colombo - The Maldivian opposition appealed to the international community Thursday to help ensure a peaceful transition of power amid fears that strongman Abdulla Yameen may cling onto power despite his shock election defeat.

Yameen resists freeing Maldives political prisoners: opposition

Colombo - Outgoing Maldivian strongman Abdulla Yameen is delaying freeing high-profile political prisoners despite calls by his successor for their release, the opposition said Wednesday.

Maldives destroys British statues deemed offensive to Islam

Colombo - Police armed with pickaxes and power tools have destroyed a modern artwork by a celebrated British sculptor in the Maldives, after the outgoing president in the tourist haven declared the installation offensive to Islam.

All eyes on Maldives strongman after shock election defeat

Colombo - Voters in the Maldives were watching nervously for President Abdulla Yameen's next move on Monday after the China-friendly strongman suffered a surprise election defeat, prompting celebrations but also concern in the Indian Ocean honeymoon islands.

Paradise, power and polls: five questions as the Maldives vote

New Delhi - The Maldives -- a country of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean best known for its white beaches and blue lagoons -- will vote Sunday in a presidential election.

Maldives strongman eyes new term as monitors cry foul

Colombo - People in the Maldives vote Sunday in elections that international monitors and the opposition fear will be rigged to ensure that China-friendly strongman Abdulla Yameen remains in power.Yameen has imprisoned or forced into exile all his main rivals.

Police raid Maldives opposition HQ ahead of vote

Colombo - Maldivian police raided the opposition campaign headquarters on Saturday, the opposition said, on the eve of Sunday's presidential election that international monitors fear will be rigged.

Maldives leader looks to tighten grip as opposition muzzled

Colombo - Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen seeks a second term as president Sunday in a tourist paradise that has become a battleground for influence between regional giants India and China, and a source of global alarm over political oppression and a muzzling ...

Maldives denying access to foreign media: opposition

Colombo - The Maldives opposition has accused President Abdulla Yameen of covering up his attempt to "steal" this month's elections by denying access to foreign media.

Maldives opposition banks on people power in controversial polls

Colombo - The main opposition leader in the Maldives vowed Monday to mobilise voters at home and abroad to overcome alleged rigging of next month's elections and topple strongman President Abdulla Yameen.

Exiled ex-leader pulls out of Maldives election

Colombo - The exiled former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, withdrew on Friday his candidacy for September's contentious elections against incumbent Abdulla Yameen who has jailed all his main rivals.

Maldives sets presidential vote with opposition in jail or exile

Colombo - The Maldives has set the date for its next presidential election with incumbent Abdulla Yameen in a commanding position -- and his two main rivals either in jail or exiled abroad.

Maldives lifts state of emergency

Male - Maldives President Abdulla Yameen lifted a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday, a day after senior political opponents were charged with trying to topple him last month.

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Colombo - Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday.

Maldives warns India against interfering as ties fray

Male - The Maldives has warned India against interfering in its political crisis, deepening a rift with the country once seen as its closest ally.

Pro-opposition Maldives broadcaster shuts over threats

Male - A pro-opposition television network in the Maldives shut down Friday following threats to its staff, as the government continued a clampdown on dissent that has sparked international concern.

UN Security Council told Maldives crisis may get worse

New York - A senior UN official warned the Security Council on Thursday that the situation in the Maldives where the president has declared a state of emergency may deteriorate even further.

Maldives top judge threatened with death: lawyer

Male - The Maldives' top judge received death threats before his arrest in a regime crackdown, his lawyer said Thursday ahead of a United Nations Security Council hearing on the island nation's political crisis.

Maldives crackdown an 'assault on democracy': UN rights chief

Male - A crackdown on dissent in the Maldives is tantamount to "an all-out assault on democracy", the UN human rights chief warned Wednesday, after President Abdulla Yameen appeared to gain the upper hand in a bitter power struggle.

As Maldives crisis worsens, Nasheed returns to main stage

Male - A decade after he swept to power in the Maldives' first democratic elections, exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed is again pushing for change -- by force if necessary -- as his island homeland spirals into crisis.

Trouble in paradise: What's happening in the Maldives?

Male - The political crisis in the Maldives deepened this week after embattled President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of top judges and a former president.

Maldives seek to project calm but tourists told to stay away

Male - The Maldives on Tuesday sought to reassure tourists they would be safe as governments warned their citizens to steer clear of the troubled honeymoon islands amid a spiralling political crisis.

Maldives declares state of emergency as crisis deepens

Male - Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation.
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