On 7 September 2018, the Maldives’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning the United States’ intent to issue sanctions against the country.
This follows a 5 September announcement in which the US said it would “take action” against individuals interfering with the free conduct of Maldives’ presidential elections. In the run-up to the 23 September elections, multiple media and human rights organisations have released reports of sustained suppression of the opposition coalition’s (led by Maldivian Democratic Party – MDP) campaign by incumbent President Abdulla Yameen’s government. Most recently, in September 2018, MDP’s offices across Addu, Haa Alif, and Alif Dhaal atolls were vandalised, allegedly by Yameen’s supporters.
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