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Maldives Presidential Election Voted on Sunday, President Abdulla Yameen Expected to be Re-elected

  • Presidential election took place in Maldives on Sunday as opposition and international groups criticized the country for dissent suppression and lack of transparency. Reports say hardliner President Abdulla Yameen is expected to get re-elected in this election, cementing his grip on power. Maldives’ election has caught international attention as President Yameen’s infrastructural drive in the Muslim-majority country is reportedly backed by China, prompting concern among Western countries about the increasing influence of Beijing in the region. Yameen is also accused of silencing dissent by jailing his main rivals on charges of corruption and terrorism.