The Maldives has been elected unopposed to the UN Human Rights Council for a second term alongside Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, despite controversy over the legitimacy of the government.
“I do not think there is much I can do from here, things that I cannot do over the phone,” Waheed told Haveeru.
“There can be no place for a winner-takes-all mentality in the Maldives,” said the head of a recently concluded IPU visit to the Maldives, whilst the UK Government expressed dismay at the further delay of polls as well as the decision of President Waheed in office beyond his constitutional term.
Although Gasim announced earlier this week that his party would not back any candidate in Saturday’s presidential run-off, he told reporters last night that “everything is subject to change”. After meeting the speaker of the majlis yesterday, Gasim’s endorsement was today courted by former President Gayoom.
The Asian Centre for Human Rights has recommended the international community impose travel and other restrictions against President Mohamed Waheed, Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz and Supreme Court Justices Ahmed Abdulla Didi, Abdulla Saeed, Adam Mohamed Abdulla and Ali Hameed Mohamed.
The Criminal Court has extended the detention period of seven protesters, while releasing fifteen under conditions. Charges include objecting to police orders, obstructing police duty, breaking police lines and throwing objects like stones and water bottles at police.
The US government has said it is deeply concerned by President Mohamed Waheed’s “unprecedented decision” to remain in power past the mandate of his presidency, which expired on November 10.
The MPs led by DQP MP Riyaz Rasheed and MDP MP Abdulla Jabir first shattered a picture frame and broke the name board outside the Speaker’s office. They then broke through the security system on the door, entered the office, damaged furniture and a laptop on the Speaker’s table.
“Everyone says this will continue until [former 30-year autocratic ruler] Maumoon Gayoom dies. He has too much money, power and influence. He does not want to let go,” 28 year-old Ahmed lamented. “And his corrupted family web has tentacles in everything.”