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US warns against any effort to undermine Maldivian people's will

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US will consider undertaking "appropriate measures" against anyone who undermines a peaceful transfer of power in the Maldives, a top State Department has said, expressing concern over the "troubling actions" taken by outgoing

Pro-incumbent Yameen was trounced by in the held in the last month. Solih is widely regarded as a pro-leader.

has filed a legal petition challenging his landslide election defeat despite major international pressure for him to step down.

The important statement by comes days after of State for South and Central met President-elect Solih.

"The US is concerned by troubling actions by outgoing Yameen that threaten to undermine the will of the Maldivian people, and will consider appropriate measures against anyone who undermines a peaceful transfer of power in the Maldives," State Department said in a video twitter message.

The Maldivian people turned out in record numbers during the recent elections to decisively choose Solih as their next president, Palladino said.

The election commission of the has certified the results of the presidential elections, he said.

said the US is concerned by troubling actions by outgoing Yameen that threaten to undermine the will of the Maldivian people after he approached the contesting the election results. There have been reports of serious threats against members of the election commission.

"The and the international community would view with great concern any attempt that undermines the democratic process including any delay in the inauguration scheduled for November 17.

"The will consider appropriate measures against anyone who undermines democracy, rule of law or free and fair electoral process of the Maldives," said.

During her meeting with Solih, Wells emphasised that the US is willing to extend cooperation to his government and to assist the in its return to the democratic path.

"The urges all parties to respect the will of the Maldivian people and to ensure smooth and peaceful transition," added.

Yameen's shock defeat was widely reported as a blow to China, which financed his administration's flagship infrastructure projects with loans in excess of a billion dollars, drawing accusations of a debt trap from the main opposition partyr.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 12:45 IST
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