Maldives’ top court rejects bid by outgoing President Abdulla Yameen to annul election results

Maldives’ top court has unanimously rejected a bid by outgoing President Abdulla Yameen to annul results of a presidential election held in September.

The Supreme Court said the president failed to substantiate claims of fraud and found there was “no constitutional basis to overturn the election and order a new poll”.

Yameen, who presided over a five-year crackdown targeting political rivals, media and rights activists, lost the September 23 election by a margin of 16 percent to opposition candidate Ibrahim Solih in an outcome hailed as a victory for democracy in the Indian Ocean archipelago.



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