The High Court is expected to rule Monday (February 4) on a Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) appeal against the Supreme Court’s decision to back the legitimacy of Hulhumale’ Magistrate Court.
President of the Elections Commission (EC) Fuad Thaufeeq has warned the commission will be unable to hold a presidential election this year without sufficient funding.
MDP Spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said the US delegation were unable to answer the issues raised by Nasheed, and that their interest was focused on the implementation of free and fair elections later this year.
The council of the island of Kun’burudhoo in Alif Dhaal Atoll is struggling to meet its mandate of bringing development to its population of just over 500 people, a problem they say is increased due to insufficient annual budget.
“There is absolutely no way to hold the police accountable,” said MDP MP Imthiyaz Fahmy, after police arrested 15 demonstrators on charges of ‘obstructing police duty’.
Political parties will receive funds disbursed by the Elections Commission (EC) this week.
““Gayoom creates rifts between Yameen and Ilyas, and then, in the name of peace making, takes the reigns himself. He has been doing this for ages, and will do so again. Come and contest. We will defeat you again. This time, we will defeat you in a single round,” Nasheed said, during Wednesday night’s rally next to Usfasgandu.
Nasheed is being tried in the Hulhumale Magistrate Court for the controversial detention of Chief Judge of Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January 2012.
“Crucial to conclude the case against Nasheed before the approaching presidential elections, in the interests of the nation and to maintain peace in it,” says Home Minister Dr Jameel.