POLL RE­SULTS: U. S. WARNS MAL­DIVES

The Asian Age - - World -

Colombo, Oct. 13: The US warned on Satur­day that ac­tion could be taken against out­go­ing Mal­dives pres­i­dent Ab­dulla Yameen if he seeks to over­turn his elec­tion de­feat. The warn­ing by a US State De­part­ment spokesman came on the eve of a Mal­dives SC hear­ing on a pe­ti­tion by Yameen to an­nul the re­sult of a Septem­ber 23 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion which he spec­tac­u­larly lost. “The US is con­cerned by trou­bling ac­tions” by Yameen “that threaten to un­der­mine the will of the Mal­di­vian peo­ple, and will con­sider ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures against any­one who un­der­mines a peace­ful trans­fer of power in # Mal­dives,” deputy spokesman Robert Pal­ladino said on Twit­ter. The US had pre­vi­ously warned of tar­geted sanc­tions if Yameen's ad­min­is­tra­tion at­tempted to rig the Septem­ber vote won by op­po­si­tion fig­ure Ibrahim Mo­hamed Solih. Yameen is due to hand over power on Novem­ber 17 when his five- year term ends. He ini­tially con­ceded de­feat, but has since pe­ti­tioned the Supreme Court to an­nul the re­sult. The court's de­ci­sion to ac­cept Yameen's pe­ti­tion has raised the prospect of fresh up­heaval in the coun­try's tur­bu­lent pol­i­tics.

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