US warns Maldives leader against undermining vote result
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