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Maldives court to hear election challenge on Sunday

AFP  |  Colombo 

The Supreme Court Thursday announced it would examine Abdulla Yameen's challenge against his shock defeat at last month's election and fixed a hearing for Sunday.

"The Supreme Court has decided to accept the constitutional dispute filed by Yameen and it would be heard," the court said on It later said a hearing will be held on Sunday at 1:00 pm (0800 GMT).

Yameen, whose main political rivals were either in jail or in exile, was unexpectedly beaten in the September 23 election by unity opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, with 58.4 per cent of the vote.

The court announced the hearing date after meeting with the archipelago nation's

Shareef told reporters in the capital Male that Yameen had called for an annulment of the results and a fresh election.

The and the had threatened sanctions if the vote was not free and fair and if Yameen, 59, did not accept the result.

Yameen had already conceded defeat and reluctantly said he would leave office in November, when his term ends.

But he has been publicly urging his supporters to challenge the results.

Yameen's said Wednesday that the decision to file the challenge came after receiving and reviewing "numerous complaints" by Yameen's supporters.

"So in light of that, Yameen decided that the challenge must be filed for the rights of his supporters," he added.

Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, for the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), said Wednesday that the legal challenge was "an attempt by Yameen to create unrest".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 18:00 IST
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