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    Maldives president concedes election defeat

    Maldives president concedes election defeat


    "I have accepted the results from yesterday," Yameen said in a televised address to the nation after Sunday's election gave the joint opposition candidate 58.3 per cent of the vote. "I accept the defeat," Yameen said. "I will enable a smooth...

    "I have accepted the results from yesterday," Yameen said in a televised address to the nation after Sunday's election gave the joint opposition candidate 58.3 per cent of the vote. "I accept the defeat," Yameen said. "I will enable a smooth transition."
    Maldives government acknowledges opposition victory

    Maldives government acknowledges opposition victory


    "Candidate of the Maldivian Democratic Party... Honourable Solih, won the election, having received 134,616 votes," the foreign ministry said after India and Sri Lanka welcomed Solih's victory in Sunday's poll. Nearly 90% of the 262,000 electorate turned...

    "Candidate of the Maldivian Democratic Party... Honourable Solih, won the election, having received 134,616 votes," the foreign ministry said after India and Sri Lanka welcomed Solih's victory in Sunday's poll. Nearly 90% of the 262,000 electorate turned out to vote, with some waiting in line for more than five hours as officials encountered technical glitches.
    All eyes on Maldives strongman after shock election defeat

    All eyes on Maldives strongman after shock election defeat


    Yameen was yet to comment and it was far from certain that the 59-year-old, whose main political rivals were either jailed or in exile, would graciously accept defeat in Sunday's poll, observers...

    Yameen was yet to comment and it was far from certain that the 59-year-old, whose main political rivals were either jailed or in exile, would graciously accept defeat in Sunday's poll, observers said.
    US urges calm and respect for people's will as Maldives' election process concludes

    US urges calm and respect for people's will as Maldives' election process concludes


    "The United States congratulates the people of Maldives, who peacefully raised their democratic voices to determine the future of their country," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert...

    "The United States congratulates the people of Maldives, who peacefully raised their democratic voices to determine the future of their country," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
    Maldives opposition leader Solih declares victory in presidential poll

    Maldives opposition leader Solih declares victory in presidential poll


    Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives' presidential election Sunday, following a controversial campaign observers said was rigged in favour of strongman President Abdulla Yameen. Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to...

    Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives' presidential election Sunday, following a controversial campaign observers said was rigged in favour of strongman President Abdulla Yameen. Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Yameen. India expressed hopes the election would represent a return to democratic norms.
    Voting begins in Maldives presidential poll

    Voting begins in Maldives presidential poll


    Hundreds of men and women lined up to vote before polling booths opened at 8:00 am (0300 GMT) in the capital Male, where President Abdulla Yameen and his challenger Ibrahim Mohamed Solih were due to cast their...

    Hundreds of men and women lined up to vote before polling booths opened at 8:00 am (0300 GMT) in the capital Male, where President Abdulla Yameen and his challenger Ibrahim Mohamed Solih were due to cast their ballots.
    Maldives strongman eyes new term as monitors cry foul

    Maldives strongman eyes new term as monitors cry foul


    The European Union (EU) is ready to slap travel bans and asset freezes on individuals "if the situation does not improve", while the US has warned it would "consider appropriate measures" against those undermining democracy in the country of 1,200...

    The European Union (EU) is ready to slap travel bans and asset freezes on individuals "if the situation does not improve", while the US has warned it would "consider appropriate measures" against those undermining democracy in the country of 1,200 islands.
    Paradise, power, polls: 5 questions as Maldives vote

    Paradise, power, polls: 5 questions as Maldives vote


    Abdulla Yameen, the strongman president, is seeking a second term in office. In February, Yameen launched what the UN called an "all-out assault on democracy", declaring a state of emergency. The EU said could impose travel bans and asset freezes on...

    Abdulla Yameen, the strongman president, is seeking a second term in office. In February, Yameen launched what the UN called an "all-out assault on democracy", declaring a state of emergency. The EU said could impose travel bans and asset freezes on individuals if the situation did not improve. The US has warned of action if the election was not free and fair.
    Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan

    Roadside bombing kills 8 children in northern Afghanistan


    Late Friday afternoon in Afghanistan's Shirin Tagab district of Faryab Province witnessed a roadside explosion taking life of eight children and leaving two kids in a critical condition. No group claim the...

    Late Friday afternoon in Afghanistan's Shirin Tagab district of Faryab Province witnessed a roadside explosion taking life of eight children and leaving two kids in a critical condition. No group claim the responsibility.
    How new criminal laws threaten Nepal journalism

    How new criminal laws threaten Nepal journalism


    The laws that took effect last month are general codes of conduct that apply to all citizens of Nepal, but press freedom groups say harsher sentences for libel and privacy violations are having a chilling effect on journalists in the small Himalayan...

    The laws that took effect last month are general codes of conduct that apply to all citizens of Nepal, but press freedom groups say harsher sentences for libel and privacy violations are having a chilling effect on journalists in the small Himalayan country. Here are some details:
    Paradise, power and polls: Five questions as the Maldives vote

    Paradise, power and polls: Five questions as the Maldives vote


    Holidaymakers marooned on the Maldives may be blissfully unaware this weekend as voters head to the polls, but the election will be closely watched elsewhere after months of political turmoil in the paradise...

    Holidaymakers marooned on the Maldives may be blissfully unaware this weekend as voters head to the polls, but the election will be closely watched elsewhere after months of political turmoil in the paradise islands.