Will Abdulla Yameen be re-elected as Maldives' president?

Will Abdulla Yameen be re-elected as Maldives' president?

Maldives presidential election will be held on September 23, a week after the European Union and some Western nations urged the country to hold a transparent, credible poll. Elections Commission chief Ahmed Shareef said the 2018 presidential poll will be held on Sept. 23 in “the most transparent and open” manner.

The election will be held amid widespread criticism of civil and political rights abuses by President Abdulla Yameen’s government, with opposition leaders either in exile or behind bars, and a crackdown on media and activists.


The opposition has accused the government of locking up most of its leaders who could challenge Yameen’s bid to be re-elected for his second five-year term, a charge the government denies.


Yameen’s administration has rejected a demand by a U.N. human rights watchdog to let former president Mohamed Nasheed stand for the presidential election.