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UN for peaceful, fair and transparent presidential polls in Maldives

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

The UN has called for ensuring peaceful, fair and transparent in the next month, saying a genuine and inclusive dialogue among political parties is the only conducive way to build a stable democracy in the country.

The Maldives, an archipelago known for its tropical paradise, has witnessed political turmoil since its was forced to quit in 2012. He was convicted of terrorism charges and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Abdulla Yameen, who was sworn in as the sixth of the in 2013, is at loggerheads with the Opposition, including Nasheed who is living in self-exile.

for Political Affairs is in Male to discuss the preparations for the on September 23, UN Secretary General's said.

Jenca underlined the utmost priority of ensuring peaceful, fair and transparent elections, stressing that genuine and inclusive political parties' dialogue was the only conducive way to build a peaceful, prosperous and stable democracy, Haq said.

Jenca met President Yameen and discussed additional efforts to build a level-playing field for fair electoral competition.

He also exchanged views with the joint opposition and his running mate Faisal Naseem, emphasising the critical role of the Opposition in the democratic political process.

In June, a court jailed former president and for obstruction of justice.

They were arrested in February for allegedly clearing the way for an impeachment motion against Yameen.

had called for the immediate release of Gayoom and other political prisoners, saying believes that a democratic, stable and prosperous is in the interests of all its neighbours and friends in the

Since the beginning of the political crisis in the Maldives, has repeatedly urged the to allow all institutions, including the and Parliament, to function in a free and independent manner, and to permit genuine political dialogue between all political parties.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 09:45 IST