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The Supreme Court of the Maldives has overturned the first round of a tense presidential election following allegations of fraud. The undertakings of this supposedly neutral institution are raising concern among the international community and the Maldivian opposition. On September 24, it “indefinitely postponed” the election’s second-round runoff, just days before it was to take place. Now, it has vetoed the primary ballots in which the Maldivian people took part with an 88% turnout. “These are pivotal elections for the Maldives,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “The people of the Maldives should have the opportunity, without undue delay, to exercise their vote.”

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