Former President and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate Mohamed Nasheed speaks to Minivan News about post-election justice, lessons learned, and the role of the international community – particularly the UN – during the events of February 7, 2012.
“The four-inch coconut had a Sura [Qur'anic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” said a source from Guraidhoo with knowledge of the incident.
As teams across Male’ work to decorate the city in party colours before the presidential elections, Minivan News learned about the motivations of these ‘volunteers’. Idealism and loyalty came high on the list, but financial gain appears as important for many.
“For an example, Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, the MP for Henveiru Dhekunu constituency, is facing charges for possessing alcohol and narcotics. Similarly, a similar kind of thing was found from the suit case of Ahmed ‘Sun travel’ Shiyam [Leader of Maldivian Development Alliance (MDA) currently supporting Yameen Abdul Gayoom],” said former President Mohamed Nasheed
The Police Integrity Commission [PIC] has concluded that Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz’s appointment to the position was legitimate.
Government officials have described the awards as an obligation, and in keeping with the improved financial capability of the state. The opposition has called the schemes a return to ‘patronage’.
“Any agreement, had we made one, would have been live on television,” said Vice President of the Civil Alliance Abdulla Mohamed, dismissing the authenticity of the alleged ‘coup agreement’ circulating on social media.
The Cabinet has recommended that the President reverse the previous government’s zoning decree on the Equatorial Convention Center in Addu. “Three days before elections, I don’t think it’s about giving people land,” Addu Mayor Abdullah Sodig observes.
EC President Fuwad Thowfeek told Minivan News that in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling, the commission was committed to following electoral regulations but stressed that no amendments would be made to the final registry.