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Maldives' election chief sacked after vote chaos

Published on Mar 10, 2014 2:55 PM

MALE, Maldives (AFP) - The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president.

Less than a fortnight before parliamentary elections are due, Chief Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahmed Fayaz were dismissed for "disobeying and challenging" orders issued by the court in its role as "guardian of the constitution", the private Minivan News website said.

Thowfeek was given a six-month prison sentence, which was suspended for three years, in a verdict issued late on Sunday.

The ruling has reopened the controversy over last year's election on the honeymoon islands when judges annulled the results of a first round won by former president Mohamed Nasheed, and then cancelled two other polls at the last minute.

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