The US is concerned by troubling actions by outgoing Pres Yameen that threaten to undermine the will of the Maldivian people, and will consider appropriate measures against anyone who undermines a peaceful transfer of power in #Maldives – @StateDept Dep. Spokesperson Palladino pic.twitter.com/COM1HLKdJZ
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) October 13, 2018
The following is a transcript:
The Maldivian people turned out in record numbers during their recent election to decisively choose Ibu Solih as their next President, and the Elections Commission has certified the results.
The United States is concerned by troubling events in Maldives that threaten, undermine the will of the Maldivian people. Including a Supreme Court complaint filed by President Yameen, contesting the election results and reports of serious threats against the members of the Elections Commission.
The United States and the international community would view with great concerns any attempts that undermine the democratic process, including any delay to the inauguration scheduled for November 17th.
The United States will consider appropriate measures against anyone who undermine democracy, the rule of law, or free and fair electoral process in Maldives.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice G. Wells met this week with President-elect Solih, to emphasize that the United States is eager to extend cooperation with his government and to assist Maldives in its return to a democratic path.
The United States urges all parties to respect the will of the Maldivian people and to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition of power.