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Maldives polls halted; rallies urged

AFP-JIJI

The former leader of the Maldives — the front-runner in elections due this weekend — called Tuesday for nationwide protests after the archipelago’s Supreme Court suspended the vote.

Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) asked supporters to join peaceful demonstrations, threatening more unrest in the troubled honeymoon destination that has faced more than a year and half of uncertainty.

Nasheed won the first round of voting on Sept. 7 with 45.45 percent and had faced a runoff contest Saturday against Abdullah Yameen, the half brother of the islands’ former autocratic ruler, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The top court ordered the second round of voting to be delayed while it examined a complaint about alleged electoral fraud.