Police defended the officers’ actions, saying that guidelines set by the Supreme Court hadn’t been followed, because not all three of the presidential candidates had signed the voters’ list. In the election, Nasheed of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is facing two candidates connected to the former dictator, one from the Jumhooree Party and the other from the Progressive Party of Maldives, as the Independent reports:
The Independent continues:
“When Nasheed, me and three others sat on protest in 2007, we did not think one day there will be democracy in Maldives,” The Hindu reports cartoonist and MDP supporter Ahmed Abbas as saying.
“We cannot be stopped,” Abbas said. “We will prevail. The people will win, regardless of however long the struggle takes.”
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