The Maldives opposition presidential candidate said Monday he fears the government will rig next month’s election. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said his Maldivian Democratic Party is “very worried about the situation” but has “trust in the people.” Solih spoke to journalists after addressing a meeting of Maldivian citizens living in Sri Lanka. A government spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment. The government has rejected such accusations in the past, saying they are baseless.
Solih was chosen as candidate at a party congress last month after exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed abandoned plans to run because of legal obstacles.
Nasheed, the party leader, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, making him ineligible to contest the election. The verdict was widely criticized as politically motivated.