New court order may delay Maldives presidential revote
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - The main opposition in the Maldives on Friday accused the Supreme Court of colluding with the country's former autocrat to delay a revote of last month's presidential election.
The Maldivian Democratic Party made the accusation after the court ordered the Elections Commission to re-register some voters, a process the party says can't be completed in time for the Oct 19 revote.
The Supreme Court this week annulled results of the Sept 7 first round of voting, agreeing with a losing candidate that the election was flawed. The United Nations, United States and European Union had hailed the voting as free and fair.
Former president Mohamed Nasheed led the first round but failed to get more than 50 per cent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Mr Yaamin Abdul Gayoom - brother of the country's long-time autocratic leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom - finished second and was to face Mr Nasheed in a Sept 28 runoff.