Voting has been extended in the Maldives by three hours due to long queues

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The Maldives is voting in a heavily-criticized election that will be closely watched by India and China. Voting has been extended by three hours due to long queues. President Abdulla Yameen has embraced China, while his opponent, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, is seen as leaning towards India and the West. The European Union and the US have voiced concerns about the election, with both threatening to impose targeted sanctions if the democratic situation does not improve. Police raided opposition headquarters on the eve of the vote.

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