Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled

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Maldives to hold first election, since Nasheed's ouster

The Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup, the government said Wednesday.

On the eve of the anniversary of President Mohamed Nasheed's ouster, a top aide to his successor as President said arrangements had already begun to prepare for the election.

The Maldives has been in political turmoil ever since Nasheed stepped down as President on February 7, 2012.

He later declared that he was forced out of office in a coup backed by the security forces and Islamic extremists.

However, an investigation rejected his claim of a coup and said that the transition of power to his deputy Waheed was in line with the constitution.AFP



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