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Global issue 12

Spotlight Maldives A controversial change of government The sudden replacement in February of the internationally celebrated President Mohamed Nasheed by his vice- president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, has now been approved by a Commission of National Inquiry, but the accompanying controversy seems unlikely to end until it is put before the electorate J J Robinson in Malé “Be courageous. We will not back down an willed to protect Islam and the decent Mal- Vice-president under former President inch. Today, the change in power in the divian norms.” Mohamed Nasheed’s administration, Dr Maldives is what Allah has willed. This did This statement by the new president of Waheed succeeded to the top job after pro- not happen because of one or two people the Maldives, Dr Mohammed Waheed Has- testing police and military offi cers sided coming out into the streets. Nobody had san, at his fi rst public rally three weeks after with opposition demonstrators and de- been waiting for this. Nobody even saw the controversial transfer of power in early manded the incumbent’s resignation on the this day. This change came because Allah February, caught his listeners off guard. morning of 7 February. Rather than resort 32 lwww.global-briefing.org fourth quarter 2012global


Global issue 12
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