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The Maldives presidency calls into question electoral deficit | News
The Maldives Speaker Abdulla Yameen has lodged a lawsuit against his electoral damage and referred to "many grievances from supporters", a solicitor said. A lawsuit was lodged on Wednesday at the Supreme Tribunal of the insular state, said Mohamed Saleem, the president's solicitor. The Yameen triumphed over the September 23 elections by 16 per cent to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the head of the government coalition, in a result celebrated as a victory for democratic rule in the crisis-affected Indian Ocean islands.
The Yameen side admitted they were defeated the next morning, but have since claimed wide-spread voting anomalies. He said that he would remain in power until the end of his mandate on 17 November, but the Chairman has provided little proof of his assertion. Saleem, the president's attorney, said to a pro-government TV channel that Yameen submitted a "constitutional case" to the Supreme Tribunal "after examining many grievances from his followers about the outcome of the vote".
Rejecting disclosure of case detail, he said he would submit proof to the tribunal. On Tuesday, in a Tuesday declaration, the governing Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) said it would appeal through the tribunals because the party "had been overcome with many real electoral grievances, harsh accusations of manipulation, deception, misconduct and corruption".
The Supreme Court said that the magistrates have not yet made a ruling on the acceptance of the case. Mariya Ahmed Didi, spokeswoman for president-elect Solid, said Yameen must honor the results of the elections. He won the elections with more than 58 per cent of the votes. At the last moment, he was supported by a government of four opposing factions, as Yameen had imprisoned almost all his rival politicians or coerced them into exile during his first five years in office.
Solid has sworn to re-establish democratic rule, free dissenters and examine accusations of corruption against Yameen. Mr Ahmed Mahloof, an opponent leader, said the "options for Yameen are dwindling". "This is because many high-profile detainees, among them Yameen's half-brother, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, have been freed on parole since the elections, Mahloof said, while dissenters inxile have begun to comeback.
Nasheed Mohamed, the country's first free electoral leader, whose detention and imprisonment in 2015 sparked the ongoing Maldives crisis, is likely to resume on 1 November. Yameen now faced a charge by Congress with the fall of communism, where the Opposition hoped to recover its legislative power, Mahloof said.
The Yameen had freed a dozen lawmakers from their homes after moving to the Opposition last year to retain power over the 85-man building. However, at the beginning of this weeks the Supreme Tribunal restored four of the twelve and raised hope that the opposition could assert itself in parliamentary elections. But Mahloof said there was insecurity about what the Supreme Court could do next since the presidency had sent the agency to detain two of the court's digit official in February.
Transparent Maldives, an electoral observation group, said Yameen's latest move was "disturbing". He noted that in 2013 the Supreme Court cancelled the results of a first round vote after Yameen had taken second place. Later he won this vote by a 6,000 vote lead. Meanwhile, Mr. Mahloof urged the military police to be prepared to defend the results of the elections.
"Don't get involved with people's decisions," he told the presidential in a Twitter piece.