They are scattered across the Indian Ocean ….more than 1,000 coral islands
They are the Maldives – loved by tourists from all over the world for their beaches, blue lagoons and tropical reefs.
About quarter of a million voters there have been voting for their next leader.
But the presidential election has been no paradise for the opposition.
Rivals to President Abdullah Yameen have been jailed or exiled.
Critics say he’s become a one ruler – cementing his power by oppression.
International observers boycotted his re-election bid – they say it was neither free nor fair.
What does the future hold for Maldivians?
Presenter: Hoda Abdel Hamid.
Jeffrey Salim Waheed – Deputy Permanent Representative in Geneva for the Republic of Maldives
Ahmed Naseem – Maldivian Opposition Leader, Former Foreign Minister
Bharath Gopalaswamy -Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council
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