The Oct. 7 decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives to annul the results of the Sept. 7 presidential election appears to be an attempt to avert the predictable win of ousted President Mohamed Nasheed, who is fighting a lonely battle against powerful conservative forces. Local and international observers had praised the polls as free and fair, and pressure is now building for the new vote to be run cleanly.

Maldives Election, If It Stands, Reflects a Clear Mandate Against Conservatism

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The Oct. 7 decision of the Supreme Court of the Maldives to annul the results of the presidential election held a month prior appears to be an attempt to avert the predictable win of ousted President Mohamed Nasheed, a liberal Muslim fighting a lonely battle against powerful conservative forces.

Nasheed secured 45.45 percent of the vote, just short of an outright victory. The second-place candidate, Abdulla Yameen, the half-brother of former longtime dictatorial President Maumoon Gayoom, received 25.35 percent. The other two candidates, resort tycoon Qasim Ibrahim and incumbent President Mohamed Waheed got 24 percent and 5 percent of the vote respectively. ...

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