US warns Mal­dives leader against un­der­min­ing vote re­sult

Oman Daily Observer - - ASIA -

COLOMBO: The United States 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 Supreme Court 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.

Poll of­fi­cials flee: Mean­while, in­tim­i­da­tion and threats drove four mem­bers of an election panel in the Mal­dives to flee the na­tion, two of­fi­cials said.

Four mem­bers of the Mal­dives Elec­tions Com­mis­sion have fled and three are in the Sri Lankan cap­i­tal of Colombo, leav­ing be­hind just one panel mem­ber, two of the Mal­di­vian of­fi­cials said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“We left due to threats,” said one. — Afp/reuters

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