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President sends letter to Libyan rebels, calling for modern Muslim democracy

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President Mohamed Nasheed has pledged the Maldives’ support to the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) in a letter yesterday, recognising the rebel group as the “sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people.”

The letter, which was sent to NTC chief Mustafa Abdul Jalil, expressed the President’s hope that Libya would “emerge as a free and democratic country, in which fundamental human rights can be enjoyed by all.”

In recent days, Libya’s six-month long revolution against dictator Muammar Gaddafi came to a close when NTC rebels seized Tripoli. Currently, Qaddafi’s whereabouts are unknown and over thirty foreign powers have recognised the NTC as Libya’s legitimate representative group.

President Nasheed noted in his letter to NTC chief Jalil that the Maldives was among the first three countries to recognize the NTC. Iraq, Morocco, the US and European Union member countries have also recognised the group, while Russia and China do not recognise the NTC as Libya’s only legitimate representative but are still engaging in talks with NTC leaders.

Ethiopia and Nigeria have called on African Union member states to recognise the NTC, and Hamas had declared its support of the rebel group.

The President’s Press Secretary, Mohamed Zuhair, said today that “The Maldives is in favor of democracy, and feels any government should recognise the voices of its people. We are continuing our support of the Libyan rebels, and asking other countries to do the same.”

Zuhair said the Maldives was one of the first Islamic countries to experience a democratic revolution. In 2005, the Maldivian people began the uprising that ousted former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2008.

“The same thing that is happening all over the Arab world has already happened here,” Zuhair said. “We are ahead of them, and we can share our experience.”

The Maldives, which has been a Muslim state for over 900 years, has one of the longest traditions of shariah law in the Arab world, said Zuhair. He said the Maldives encourages the Libyan NTC to apply democratic norms and values, and to use many small elections as they build a modern Muslim democracy.

“The Maldives would like to see Libya become a modern Islamic democratic state that is fully functional,” said Zuhair.

Colonel Gaddafi was only 27 when he took control of Libya after a military coup in 1969. His 42 years of power brought wealth to Libya, but his reign was also characterised by erratic policies and terrifying punishments. When the revolution began in February of this year, Gaddafi reportedly said, “Muammar is the leader of the revolution until the end of time.”

Earlier this week, the NTC reportedly placed a US$2 million bounty on Gaddafi’s head.

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14 Comments on "President sends letter to Libyan rebels, calling for modern Muslim democracy"

  1. Ziyan on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 2:10 PM 

    Small Mouth Big Talk,thats Anni.

  2. Dhondheena on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 2:40 PM 

    oooooooooooooooh. Dhimaakuraathee guy.

  3. hassan ahmed on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 4:23 PM 

    Our beloved president is showing good example of how to build a modern democratic Islamic state to his fellow barbaric Islamic brethrens in Asia and African continent.

  4. Zayd on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 4:24 PM 

    “The Maldives, which has been a Muslim state for over 900 years, has one of the longest traditions of shariah law in the Arab world, said Zuhair.”

    HUH?? We’re part of the Arab world now??? Everytime Zuhair opens his mouth, he just gobs both his feet right in.

  5. nj on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 4:37 PM 

    gadha fadha

  6. hussain on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 5:00 PM 

    our beloved president is a mental case

  7. tsk tsk on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 6:14 PM 

    Sigh….America and the EU always gets their way.

    They want a make-believe democracy headed by an barely qualified individual who dances to their every tune, they get it.

    They wish to display this puppet regime and its candy-cane world to the a cultural other as a model utopia – they do so and the “responsible” world media fails to investigate the veracity of these claims.

    Woe is us – for we are ruled by despots and dictators and half-wits who the UK/US/EU mafia glorify beyond recognition.

  8. 1235anni on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 8:05 PM 

    Anni, your mad.

    Small man, big mouth.

    In dhivehi we called ” Dhalu berun jeheni “

  9. Hassanu on Thu, 25th Aug 2011 8:06 PM 

    “Flat Dhombe” has lost it all. There is nothing called “Modern Muslim Democracy” or “Good looking Christian Democracy”.

    Anni should seriously check into a mental hospital. Gayyoom has to be responsible for Anni’s behaviour as he is the one who kept Anni in “Kuda Golhi”.

  10. Derek Postance on Fri, 26th Aug 2011 11:34 AM 

    expressed the President’s hope that Libya would “emerge as a free and democratic country, in which fundamental human rights can be enjoyed by all.”
    What planet does your President inhabit?
    NATO will install a weak puppet regime, and Libya will become a failed state as per the grand plan. This will not prevent the export of vital oil to NATO nations however.

  11. angryfish on Fri, 26th Aug 2011 1:44 PM 

    why are you folks so negative? Anni did the right thing and weather libya gets a puppet or a despot, only time will tell. for the moment anything will be better than Muammar the Dhajjal.

  12. Briko on Fri, 26th Aug 2011 3:09 PM 

    “The Maldives, which has been a Muslim state for over 900 years, has one of the longest traditions of shariah law in the Arab world, said Zuhair.”

    What, ship this fellow to Arabia.

  13. Derek Postance on Fri, 26th Aug 2011 4:10 PM 

    @angryfish “anything will be better than Muammar the Dhajjal”? Are you sure about that? Have you been there before the war? Check on the internet what financial benefits and freedoms the average Libyan used to enjoy.

  14. alien from another galaxy on Sat, 27th Aug 2011 7:31 AM 

    a constitution that stipulates that to be a maldivian one has to be a muslim and laws must be sharia compliant cant have human rights and democracy. it is divine rights and rule of the clergy ( mullahs to be more precise). so the secularist arab dictatorhips will in time be replaced by mullah based theocracies.

    just like the maldives they will ignore the un conventions and covenants they have ratified and will justify that by saying that they are against the constitution a la maldives.


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