Voter unrest in Maldives

Protesters in the Maldives have clashed with police after a presidential runoff vote was suspended by the countrys Supreme Court. The court postponed the vote a few hours before it was due to start, prompting supporters of former president and current presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed to call foul play. The US and UN have both expressed concern for the move.
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Maldivian riot police officers face supporters of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed during a protest, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Maldivian police forcefully detain a supporter of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed during a protest, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Maldivian police officers arrest a supporter of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed during a protest, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Maldivian police officers stand guard during a protest by supporters of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Maldivian police officer clashes with a supporter of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed during a protest, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Maldivian riot police officers forcefully detain a a supporter of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed during a protest, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Maldivian riot police officers stand guard during a protest by supporters of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Maldivian police officer clashes with a supporter of former Maldivian president and presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed during a protest, in Male, on November 10, 2013. The Maldives Supreme Court suspended the November 10 run-off presidential elections, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed won the first round in his bid to return to power after being toppled 21 months ago. The highest court also suggested the second round be re-scheduled for next week as demanded by a defeated candidate. The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for today, blocking the poll for the third time in two months. (AFP/Getty Images)