Call for Maldives president's resignation

2013-02-15 12:01
Members of the Maldivian police arrest former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed in Fares Maathodaa, in the south of Maldives. (Maldivian Democratic Party, AFP)

Members of the Maldivian police arrest former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed in Fares Maathodaa, in the south of Maldives. (Maldivian Democratic Party, AFP)

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Colombo — The former president of the Maldives took refuge for a second day on Thursday in the country's Indian embassy, and his party spokesperson said he would not leave the building until the current leader resigns.

Abdul Gafoor, spokesperson for the Maldivian Democratic Party, said former President Mohamed Nasheed was in danger and the party had urged him to remain in the embassy in the capital, Male.

"The threat level is high. The party is advising him not to step outside," Gafoor said.

Nasheed entered the embassy on Wednesday after a court ordered his arrest for not attending a hearing on charges that he illegally ordered the detention of a senior judge, a move which led to his ouster from power last year. Nasheed says that the charges are politically motivated to disqualify him from running for the presidency in September elections.

The government says the arrest warrant expired on Wednesday night but Gafoor said the party feared for Nasheed's life.

Nasheed demanded in a statement on Wednesday that President Mohammed Waheed Hassan resign and install a caretaker government to oversee the election. He said Hassan could not be trusted to hold a free and fair vote.

Due process

The Indian government says it has not decided whether to give Nasheed asylum. Foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the government will take it "a day at a time".

However, the Indian government issued a statement on Wednesday saying that candidates from all political parties must be free to participate in the election — an position echoed by Washington.

"Prevention of participation by political leaders in the contest would call into question the integrity of the electoral process, thereby perpetuating the current political instability in the Maldives", the Indian statement said.

In response, the Maldives Foreign Ministry said "it is unfortunate that the government of India has decided to publicly comment on today's events instead of opting for bilateral discussions between the two governments".

The US State Department on Thursday also said Nasheed must be accorded due process under the law regarding his pending court cases. Spokesperson Victoria Nuland urged all sides in the Maldives to remain calm and reject the use of violence.

Nasheed became Maldives' first democratically elected president in 2008 after 30 years of autocratic rule. He resigned last year after weeks of public protests over the judge's arrest and after losing the support of the military and police. His deputy Hassan took over as president.

An inquiry commission dismissed Nasheed's claim that he was ousted in a coup.

- AP
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