“This is the two options left at our table. We need to choose from one of these ideologies. We are, by the will Allah, those who uphold the nation and Islam. PPM represents the aspirations of a nationalistic Islamic state,” claimed former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
“We Maldivians are waking up to this now. We can no longer believe the things they say in the name of being religious scholars,” Nasheed meanwhile told a rally on Friday.
“I believe that I definitely would not have been able to return alive and safely to my family if President Nasheed did not resign. I was under arrest and in their custody at the time. Therefore, I believe that President Nasheed resigned under duress to save me and others in my situation as well as to save the lives of everyone else who could have been hurt,” former Chief Superintendent Mohamed Jinah told the Government Oversight Committee.
General Purpose Committee Chair MP Abdulla Abdul Raheem said today’s decision to reject holding secret ballets in parliament meant that existing regulations outlining procedures for no confidence votes approved back in March 2010 would remain in place.
“Wearing the hats of sheikhs and religious scholars, they have committed a huge sin, an act which is absolutely haram. Today, this country has a haram government,” former President Nasheed has stated.
The state attorney claimed the 15 year-old’s testimony was taken in violation of constitution and the charges against her were filed in violation of criminal procedure.
The MDP condemned the decision and alleged that the state’s judicial watch-dog was acting beyond its constitutional mandate.
Umar Naseer has submitted a case to the Civil Court seeking a ruling that he was dismissed from the party against the party’s regulations.
During his address, Nasheed stated the Maldivian population had largely rejected Islamic extremism, and, in a veiled reference to the Adhaalath Party, noted that “the Islamists were never a credible electoral threat.”