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The Maldives presidential election will be held on September 23, 2018.

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By ITN News Editor September 21, 2018 13:31

The Maldives presidential election will be held on September 23, 2018.

Current president Abdulla Yameen will be bidding for a second five-year term, while the opposition Democratic Party has put up veteran lawmaker Ibrahim “Ibu” Mohamed Solih as its presidential candidate. The candidates are contesting the polls during an uncertain time in the Indian Ocean island nation. The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as a tropical paradise for tourists, has experienced political unrests since former leader Mohamed Nasheed was forced to quit amid a mutiny by police in 2012.Elections Commission chief Ahmed Shareef said the 2018 presidential poll will be held in “the most transparent and open” manner, with international observers invited to attend. Maldives operate a two-round system, where a second round of voting will be held if no candidates receive a simple majority in the first polls.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 21, 2018 13:31
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