Biggest Fashion Sale Of The Year! Shop 12 000 Up To 70% OFF!
Colombo, Sri Lanka -
Maldives President Mohamed Waheed Hassan has withdrawn from a presidential revote next week, saying he wants to be a neutral caretaker of an election marred by allegations of irregularities.
Presidential spokesman Masood Imad said on Saturday that Hassan wants to oversee the October 19 revote.
The Maldives' Supreme Court this past week annulled results of the September 7 election, agreeing with a losing candidate that the vote was flawed.
Hassan's rival, former President Mohamed Nasheed, led with 45 percent of the vote and was to face a runoff with a brother of the country's former autocrat, who received 25 percent.
Third-place candidate Qasim Ibrahim, however, complained to the court about irregularities.
Hassan was last among four candidates with 5 percent of the vote, but Imad insisted that didn't prompt his withdrawal. - Sapa-AP