According to Vice President of Kulhudhufuhsi Council Farooq Mohamed, a group of government supporters gathered at the harbor opposing the former president’s visit to the island.
“Our community has now become deeply divided. Where before there was unity, solidarity and a real sense of working together for the good of all, now there is hate, suspicion and discontentment,” writes Ibrahim Mohamed, from Velidhoo in Noonu Atoll.
Military challenges Nasheed’s statement that they needed his permission to open the armoury: “Twelve days ago, people were not shot [by the military] because I did not let them open the armory. I wonder on what basis are the [MNDF] coming out with live arms now?” the former President had asked.
With no elections in sight, the economic ramifications of continuing political turmoil stand to make the question of the government’s legitimacy the least of the country’s worries.
The Supreme Court has upheld criminal charges against Kaashidhoo MP Ismail Abdul Hameed.
“Women started screaming and everyone ran away in panic. Many hid inside nearby houses and others were pushed back using batons,” an eyewitness told Minivan News.
ʺThe Maldives [case] has become a new category of coup. You have a coup. Within twenty four hours you have the deposed president campaigning in the media with full protection.ʺ
“He [the mayor] might be joking with you. Because [the councillors] are very cooperative and all the arrangements here [in Addu] have been made perfectly,” spokesperson responds.
Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) expresses “alarm at the use of extremist Islamic rhetoric at the heart of the governing regime, including on the part of Mohamed Dr Waheed who appears increasingly beholden to religious groups and known extremists.”