MALE (TIP): The Maldives will hold a new presidential election on October 19, the election commission announced on October 09, after the Supreme Court annulled a September 7 poll citing voter fraud. International election observers, including delegations from the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the European Union and India, had declared the September 7 election free and fair. The tropical Indian Ocean resort archipelago will face a constitutional crisis if there is no president elected by November 11, according to a deadline set in 2008. Former President Mohamed Nasheed, ousted from power 20 months ago in disputed circumstances amid a mutiny by police, won the first round on September 7 with 45.45 percent of the vote, but fell short of the 50 percent needed for outright victory. The run-off, scheduled for September 28, had been expected to help end months of political turmoil triggered by the removal of Nasheed.

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