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Maldivian port workers protest over presidential polls

A group of port workers went on strike in the Maldives Sunday, urging their government to hold presidential elections after a run-off was cancelled over the weekend.
The Maldives Ports Workers Union (MPWU) opted to resort to strike following the Maldives Supreme Court’s decision, with the support of the government, to postpone the second round of the presidential election, Xinhua reported.
“We are taking our constitutional right to give a message to the government,” said Ibrahim Khaleel, president of the Maldives Ports Workers Union.
The ports in the Maldives are crucial to keep its economy ticking. In addition to port workers the islands valuable tourism industry could also go on the rocks after more than 5,000 resort workers threatened to strike if presidential elections were not held soon.

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