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Global issue 12

SpotlightMaldives Singaporean judge, G. P. Selvam. choices, that he was ‘forced’ into resigning “As the Arab Spring continues its inev- Released in late August, the CNI report because of what others were doing around itable march across the Islamic world, the found no evidence to support Nasheed’s him,” stated the report. Maldives could have been an example of claims that he was ousted in a coup d’état, New state minister for foreign affairs, where the international community stood that his resignation was under duress, or Dunya Maumoon – who is also Gayoom’s up for Muslim democrats, by forcing a that police or military had even mutinied. daughter – subsequently called for the coup regime to hold early elections and “There appears nothing contestable in con- Maldives to be removed from the agenda restore democracy,” wrote Nasheed in a stitutional terms under the generic notion of of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action recent column for The Huffington Post. a ‘coup d’état’ that is alleged to have oc- Group (CMAG), warning that the country As discussions must now take place over curred – quite to the contrary, in fact,” the would otherwise likely leave the Com- the timing of the next elections, the ex- report maintained, restoring legitimacy to monwealth. The government has pressed tent to which the new administration of the government and scuttling the MDP’s charges against Nasheed for allegedly President Waheed Hassan is genuinely protest call for early elections. having liquor bottles in the presidential committed to the democratic path will “Until the time of his resignation, Presi- residence, inciting violence and, along soon become clearer.● dent Nasheed possessed of many powers with the country’s top generals, illegally under the constitution that he could have detaining Judge Abdulla. The case has utilised, including the lawful use of force. been sent to court. A conviction would dis- J J Robinson is Editor ofMinivan News, the He chose not to. That decision may be qualify Nasheed from standing in the next main English-language news service in the classified as praiseworthy, but he cannot elections, effectively disenfranchising the Maldives now contend that because he made those country’s largest political party. “Government is working bilaterally and multilaterally to improve capacity- building in the judiciary” IntervIew Mohammedwaheed Deen, Vice-President of the Maldives In this exclusive interview with Global, a year to the presidential election and a Vice-President Mohammed Waheed Deen number of vital legislative and institutional presents the government’s case against reforms are pending before the parliament. the actions of former President Mohamed Regrettably, the MDP has so far been non- Nasheed, specifically in the areas of media cooperative in the Majlis. But I am hopeful control, politicisation of the armed forces that they would reconsider their position and alleged corruption. He goes on to re- and put the nation and national interest first. veal that elections are unlikely to be held until the end of July 2013, at the earliest, Which of the policies pursued by former while giving his perspective on the rela- President Mohamed Nasheed is your admin- tionship between the current government istration most committed to changing? and the administration of former President Suppression of free media. One of the first Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who previously things President Waheed Hassan did in held power in the Maldives for 30 years. office was to free the state-run TV and ra- dio stations from executive control. The ob- Global: The recent report of the Commis- jective was to provide equal access to state sion of National Inquiry (CNI) identifies media as required by the constitution and a number of issues that it recommended laws, which former President Nasheed had should be addressed regarding the basic disregarded. We are the first government in institutions of democratic governance. Vice President Mohammed Waheed Deen the history of our country not to have a TV In the short term, do you expect that the Vice-President Mohammed Waheed or a radio station of its own. next sessions of parliament – the People’s Deen: Yes, I am confident that through Politicisation of security forces. Like- Majlis – will help foster wider political dia- an all-inclusive parliamentary process we wise from his first day in office, President logue that includes the former ruling party, would be able to introduce reforms identi- Waheed pledged to free the security forces the Maldivian Democratic Party? fied in the CNI report. We have less than (police and army) from political influence globalfourth quarter 2012 www.global-briefing.org l35


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