U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said he is “deeply dismayed” by delays in the Maldives presidential elections.
Hague said in an e-mailed statement today it is “vital that the democratic process is allowed to proceed” and that a new president is inaugurated by Nov. 11 November in line with the Maldives constitution.
“It is clear from the extremely high turnout seen on Sept. 7 that the Maldives people are fully engaged in the process, and their voices should be heard through the ballot box,” Hague said. “Continuing challenges to prevent elections taking place will be seen as nothing less than an attempt to frustrate the democratic process. This would undermine democracy, create greater uncertainty, further instability and damage the Maldives economy and international reputation.”
He said the U.K. along with other Commonwealth member states, the European Union “and the wider international community” continue to monitor the situation.
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