Maldives pres accepts invite for presidential debate

Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has accepted the invitation to take part in the official presidential debate where he would go up against the joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The debate organized by state media corporation Public Service Media (PSM) in collaboration with the country's national university is expected to be held sometime next month ahead of the crunch elections on September 23.

The elections widely seen as a referendum more than an elections, would be a two horse race between president Yameen who is seeking re-election and opposition alliance candidate Solih who has been backed by Yameen's main political rivals including the now jailed former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.