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Maldivians head to presidential election in China's shadow

Incumbent Yameen watched by US and EU for fair polls on Sunday

COLOMBO -- Maldivian leader Abdulla Yameen is banking on his economic achievements bankrolled by China to win a second term at the Sept. 23 presidential polls, but he is under close scrutiny by the European Union and the U.S., which have threatened to impose sanctions if the election is found to be neither free nor fair.

During Yameen's island-hopping campaign that has been kept away from the idyllic beach resorts that attract high-end tourists, he has been drumming up a message around his record of delivering economic development: nearly 2,800 projects costing $5.7 billion have been completed since he came to power in 2013, according to official reports.

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