- Majlis perceived as the most corrupt institution
- SAARC celebrated its Twenty-ninth Charter Day
- Govt responsible for rising corruption- Study
- STO will be made a profitable company- MD Adam Azim
- Minister Ameen announces 100 day targets for the Transport and Communication sector
- Auditor General refers to prosecute Jihad regarding MVR 300 million loan issue
- Govt Oversight Committee to decide on cabinet approval issue on 23 Dec
- President Yameen Ratifies Anti-Human Trafficking Bill
- Minister at the President’s Office Scheduled to Attend OIC Council of Foreign Ministers Session
- Baros Maldives celebrates its 40th anniversary
- It is a worry if authorities don’t take action against law breakers- Shameem
- Gasim proved his love for the nation in the Presidential election- Ameen
- Many challenges even after catching illegal expats- Immigration
India supports President Waheed’s Road map
India has expressed its support to the Road map announced by the President Mohamed Waheed to settle the claims and demands of former President Mohamed Nasheed. President Nasheed who was elected to office in November 2008 in the first multi-party contested election resigned on 7 February 2012 following a three week long protest against his government. Vice President Dr. Waheed was sworn in as the new president few hours later on the same day.
Indian Government’s statement came following former President Nasheed’s visit to India this week. Indian official spokesperson said India hopes that engagement with all stakeholders in the Maldives will facilitate a constructive dialogue among all political parties and help in bringing stability to the country in line with the Road map of 16 February drawn up by President Waheed.
The spokesperson said the former President Mohamed Nasheed has during his visit to India interacted with businesses, media, civil society and others in the country. Former President paid a call on Prime Minister and met the National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary.
The spokesperson referred to the visit to India of Maldives Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul Samad Abdullafrom 1-4 April at the invitation of his Indian counterpart and held discussions with the Ministry of External Affairs. Maldives Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim had also visited India from 27-30 March 2012 to attend DEFEXPO 2012. The Defence Minister called on Raksha Mantri and had discussions on Indo-Maldives defence cooperation, the spokesperson has said.
Former President Nasheed has accused he was forced to resign in a military backed coup in just 24 hours after he announced his resignation telecast live. Nasheed has called on President Waheed to step down and hold early elections. President Waheed has set up an independent commission to investigate the claims of the former President and has initiated a Roadmap towards settling the dispute and discuss an election.
The protests which led to the fall of Nasheed’s government were ignited by the arrest of Chief Judge of Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed on 16 January without warrant. Nasheed and his MDP party has since been condemning President Waheed and his government as being illegal, and continue to demand early elections saying they have overwhelming support of the people. But Waheed government’s coalition parties won the bi-elections for 2 Majlis seats a week ago. Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s party PPM won one seat, while Billionaire and MP Gasim Ibrahim’s Jumhoory Party won the other seat.
MDP President Ibrahim Didi blamed former President Nasheed for the loss and said MDP is suffering loss after loss because Nasheed is managing the party on his own ways without involving elected leaders of the party.
This week, MDP Vice President Alhan Fahmy also criticised former President Nasheed for his actions against the national interests of the country. MDP MP Mohamed Nasheed has also said in the Majlis that the party needs reform before calling for an early election. According to inside sources, there is growing split in the MDP with increasing likelihood of Nasheed being replaced with a new leader.
With India’s support for the Road map of President Waheed, it looks like the Super power of the region which has helped Maldives economically and politically, has accepted that the change over of power from Nasheed to Waheed on 7 February was legal and there is no justification for holding an early election.
India sent its military support when some Sri Lankan terrorists hired by some Maldivian dissidents landed in Male’ and attacked the National Security Headquarters on 3 November 1988. Several NSS personnel and civilians were killed in the attack. India has also financed several mega development projects of the world famous island tourist destination.
President Waheed has however in response to the opposition calls for an early election said that the presidential elections will be held in July 2013, the earliest the election can be held according to the Constitution.