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Q&A: President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan

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The following is a transcript of a press conference given by President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan to foreign media at 4:30pm on 16/2/2012. Also present besides the media was the President’s Political Advisor Dr Hassan Saeed and two unidentified men, one of whom identified himself as from Malaysia – “a friend passing through”.

Addendum: The individual was subsequently identified as Dr Ananda Kumarasiri, a 30 year career ambassador with the Malaysian Foreign Service.

SBS TV Australia (SBS): Can you comment on the decision of your brother, Naushad Waheed Hassan, to resign as Deputy of the UK High Commission?

Dr Mohamed Waheed (DMW): I didn’t appoint my brother to the high commission, he was appointed by the former president. I know where his loyalty is. He decided to quit and I respect his decision.

SBS: But he was very close to you?

DMW: This a very small country so you will find in any house there are people who belong to different political parties. It doesn’t surprise me.

SBS: But what he said must have been very painful – he wasn’t just resigning, he was saying you lacked character and you had been fooled into taking the role you are taking. It was very personal.

DMW: I have no comment.

Journalist: Is there a possibility of holding early elections or will you wait until 2013?

DMW: No. I really believe in elections. I have been through elections and I have fought for elections. I have been taken into custody for these reasons. I ran in a public election and was elected as a member of parliament for Male’ – the biggest constituency.

I ran the first modern political campaign in the country, ever. And then I ran with President Nasheed as his running mate. I really believe in free and fair elections. If I believe that was the time to hold elections then we would have free and fair elections – I would be the first. But I believe the conditions have to be right. We have to have a calm atmosphere, we have to address some of the deep rifts that we have in the political situation in the country, and then move towards free and fair election.

I know there are calls for an early election, and I am ready to engage in discussions with all the parties on this, but there has to be also commitments from everyone for a peaceful situation and engagement in peaceful dialogue.

SBS: I know of your reputation, you have a fine reputation – but I can’t understand why a man like you would be involved in a military takeover. I can’t understand that. What reasons do you have for that given your personal background?

DMW: I deny that it was a military takeover. I think the records have to be put straight. I have said I am open to an independent inquiry, and I am in the process of identifying people for such an inquiry position. I have sent some names already to MDP to see if they are acceptable to all the parties. As soon as we have a team acceptable to the parties we start an inquiry into this.

We have gone through the constitutional process. If a President resigns, if he is unable to serve, or has submitted his resignation, then the serving vice president has to step in. I was invited to do so by the speaker of the parliament.

SBS: [Nasheed's resignation] was under duress. You are an educated man who has been deeply involved in the United Nations, you know that that when a General puts a gun to your head, even metaphorically, that is not a resignation. Do you not accept that?

DMW: I do not accept that.

Dr Ananda Kumarasiri: If I may inject, from the video tapes, I do not see how my colleague has got this impression that there was a coup. If there was a coup then [it would show] from the tapes… from the evidence.

DMW: I would not have associated myself with any coup. There was no irregular or unlawful takeover of power. This was not the case. I was watching what was going on on televsion like everybody else, and if you watch the tapes you wonder what really happened that day. I don’t really know what happened. There shall have to be an inquiry into it. As far as I know, what happened was the President resigned – we have videos of it, there was evidence of it, and his cabinet members were there – I was not asked to be there – he publicly announced his resignation in front of television. He could have said something, indicated that he was under duress – but he didn’t. And then I get a call from the Speaker telling me that he is expecting to receive resignation from the President. And as soon as he received that resignation he told me to come and I was sworn in by the Chief Justice.

As far as I’m concerned the whole process was legal, and I maintain the legitimacy of this government.

SBS: So you intend to continue the term? Don’t you think it would be appropriate for an interim government at the very least and move to an election? At the moment we’ve having tear gas and batons decide. We haven’t heard the people. Isn’t it your responsibility to ask the people what they want?

DMW: Absolutely. I know the constitution has provisions for an election in the next year and I can tell you that I will not be party to delaying that election in any way. I am committed to holding elections, as per the constitution, and if early elections have to be held, there are provisions for that too. You have to have a constitutional amendment.

SBS: Does it concern you that people in this country are terrified of you and the people around you? Does it concern you that dozens of people, whom you were colleagues with, were brutally beaten?

DMW: People are terrified because some people are propagating violence. We have seen so many police buildings burned down.

SBS: Those were buildings, not people.

DMW: The people have been affected by this. When people come out on the street and burn down buildings, and provoke violence, the police have to take action. Law and order has to be maintained. I do not condone violence. I have repeatedly told police they have to restrain themselves, and I will not tolerate police violence. I have been told MDP is planning violence activities [on February 18]. I can assue you police will maintain professional standards. I call on all our police forces to restrain themselves and abide by principles of human rights and the guidelines they have been given.

JJ Robinson: Is it true the MDP has been given a three day ultimatum to participate in a national unity government?

DMW: No ultimatum has been given to anyone. I can assure you. We will continue to remain open to discussion and dialogue, forever.

Journalist: You have informed that the MDP should join a national government by February 20.

DMW: No we haven’t, I deny that. I am not aware of it. If somebody has, then somebody else is doing this.

Journalist: On the President’s website there is a statement that says ‘inform us by Feb 20 if you want to join the national unity government’.

DMW: No, that is not true. I have certainly not signed anything to that effect, and until now I have not even heard about it.

Journalist: But it is on the website.

DMW: Anything can be on the website. I am categorically denying that there is an ultimatum to MDP. There is no ultimatum. I continue to remain wanting to engage with them, and I will continue to the last day.

JJ: Dr Waheed, how much control do you believe you have over the police and the military?

DMW: I have full control over them. I am not shy to take responsibility. Including for the law enforcement agencies.

Journalist: If the MDP continues not to join the government, what are the next steps?

DMW: We will continue to seek ways of working with them. I cannot force them – but there is no other choice. This country cannot afford a confrontational and violent approach.

Journalist: Nasheed, talking to the media, has said that India is losing its leverage [in the Maldives], and that China may get into the Maldives. He had not signed a defence agreement with China which the Maldives defence forces were to sign. What do you have to say about increasing Chinese influence in the Maldives?

DMW: Ultimately we have not signed any agreement since I became President. Whatever agreement we have is an agreement signed by the previous President and his ministers. So I categorically deny that. We have a very close relationship with India, and we will respect all the strategic and commercial agreements we have signed with India. This is not to be questioned.

Journalist: There are no defence deals with China?

DMW: We haven’t had any agreements with any country since I took over.

Journalist: What is the relationship between China and the Maldives and what will you do to promote the relationship between the two countries?

DMW: As you know while President Nasheed was in power, we established a Chinese mission in the Maldives. So we have a mission in the Maldives now, we have good relations with China, and like everyone else in the world we are trying to promote our trade with China. China emerging as one of the most powerful countries in the world and we will continue to work with China, for more trade and cultural relations.

JJ: One of the Maldives’ top diplomats – the Maldives Ambassador to the UN, Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, stepped down live on Al Jazeera – not questioning the legitimacy of your presidency, but that he had ethical and moral concerns in particular the people with the people who had negotiated Nasheed’s surrender on February 7 then becoming police commissioner and defence minister in the new government – both of whom have strong links to the former government under Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Do you share those concerns?

DMW: Mr Ghafoor is very far away from Male’. I respect his moral judgement and so on, but it is not for me to say whether it right or worng. He is entitled to his moral position, but he was very far away when things were happening. We were right here.

JJ: For the international community many of the faces in the cabinet are new to them. But for a lot of Maldivian people they see people who have been in the former government, people who served under Gayoom. To what extent does the current composition of the cabinet suggest an old government, rather than a new government?

DMW: OK. Anything other than President Mohamed Nasheed’s government is now being painted as the old government, as a return to the old regime. Which is a really misleading way of looking at it. In this country most of us grew up and got education during the last 33 years, and most of the well educated people in this country worked in government. The government was the biggest employer in the country and continues to be so.

Therefore don’t be surprised that some people served in President Gayoom’s government. That doesn’t mean that anyone seen in the last 33 years has allegiance to a particular person. This is a very narrow way of looking at it. If you look at cabinet you can see I have been very careful in my selections. Most of them are very young and dynamic and well educated.

I have tried not to put many political leaders in it – it is mostly a technocratic government because we need to move forward in the next two years to an election, and get as much done as possible – including many good things that have been started in the last couple of years. We will implement the programs and it is necessary to have well educated people.

Journalist: Talking of the cabinet, there is a fear of growing religious hardliners and at the same time – your Home Minister [Dr Mohamed Jameel, former Justice Minister under Gayoom] has in the past made statements against India and certain communities and companies. How do you respond?

DMW: This is a Muslim country and there will be some traditional Islamic values. In that case we will have a representative from the Adhaalath Party in the government – we had one even under President Nasheed. That doesn’t mean I am encouraging people in a certain direction.

As for the Home Minister, he one of the best qualified people in criminal justice. He is a graduate from England with a PhD, and his views in a political rally or any other context should not be transferred to what he asked to do now. I am confident that members of cabinet will toe the line that we step in terms of policy, and any previous remarks will not affect the future direction of this government.

SBS: Very simple question – why did Nasheed have to go?

DMW: I’m not the only person who should answer that question, but since you ask me, my understanding is that he has lost support of a large segment of the population, and also the armed forces and law enforcement agencies.

A series of unlawful and unconstitutional things have built up over the years and people are genuinely concerned that we are moving away from the democratic principles we started with in the first place.

SBS: He may have been, but certainly now you are not moving towards an election? You had a police and army mutiny in which you were involved.

DMW: I think Preisdent Nasheed is responsible for creating that situation. He was a very powerful President able to issue orders. He was the head of the armed forces.

SBS: He didn’t keep that close?

DMW: No he didn’t keep it close with me. Even when events transpired on the 7th, I was not part of that. He did not inform me once. When he called other people to tell them he was resigning, he didn’t call me once. If he had asked me to help I would have gone there.

So I think he should take some responsiblity for what happened to him. He had a very good chance to continue, but I think he made some mistakes. History will judge.

SBS: Is there division within the cabinet about calling an election? The rumour is that you are very keen to move to an election, but other members of cabinet aren’t keen to do that.

DMW: Everyone in the cabinet has one interest in mind. Peaceful resolution of this conflict, and moving towards a free and fair election. That is the main interest. People are not convinced at the moment that we could hold an election today. Partly because there are so many deep divisions.

SBS: You have worked in Afghanistan, India and the United Nations. Whatever its faults, you know that the best resolution of political division is an election.

DMW: The conditions are not right for an election just now. If all the parties told me tomorrow that we should have an election, and that they would cease violence, I would have no problem.

Journalist: You met the parties today, what was their response?

DMW: They are all ready to engage with MDP. To work on a roadmap and move forward, including discussions about elections.

Journalist: Are you able to complete your cabinet if the MDP continues on its current stand?

DMW: The sooner we can get the cabinet together the better. The government has to function properly. We want to move forward and we are ready to talk, but we have to have some buy-in. We have been extending my hands all along, but what have we gotten so far? I had discussions with the head of MDP and the next day they came out on the street and we had confrontations in front of the media.

There is no violence in the country – people are going about their normal lives. It is calm. But the political divisions have to be resolved. We can’t live under the threat of violence and conflict. We are ready to engage and move forward.

This country is too small for violence and confrontation.

SBS: All the violence on the streets of the capital has been by police and their supporters – now your allies. They were the violent ones.

DMW: That is a matter of opinion.

SBS: No it’s not. Would you dispute that?

DMW: You know there was one instance where you saw police violence on camera. But there have been demostrations in this country for one month.

SBS: From the opposition.

DMW: There was violence there also. This is not the first time people have been sprayed with pepper spray or charged with batons. It has happened before. If you talk to members of parliament – of all parties – they will tell you personal stories of violent attacks.

So you cannot generalise just from one instance and say it is this party or that party. There is an endemic problem of violence and political rhetoric. We cannot have irresponsible political leaders continuing to do that. There is no alternative to peaceful dialogue. Some give and take is needed to move forward. That is what give and take is about.

JJ - You have maintained that the events of the 7th were not planned. However on the early morning of January 31 you met opposition leaders in this house, who subsequently gave a press conference in which they pledged allegience to you, called on you to take over the government from Mohamed Nasheed, and called on the police and military to follow your orders. Based on that press conference, which was widely reported in local media at the time, do you still maintain that the events of the 7th were spontaneous?

DMW: I said it was a spontaneous change as nobody really expected that events would turn out that way. You’re right, I met them, and they asked me whether in the eventuality that there was a change, would I be ready. Because I have very much been in the background here – not involved in most of the policy making and so on. But it is my constitutional responsibility to step in. All I said was ‘this is purpose I was sworn in for’, and that as Vice President I was ready for such a situation. That was it – nobody expected things to turn out this way. Who expected police to come out and demonstrate? It was totally bizarre.

Journalist: That means certain political parties had anticipated a possible change that might come.

DMW: I don’t know that it was so much anticipation as their wish that there would be a change of government.

LeMonde: You say that since you took over your government has not signed any agreements with other governments. But to put it another way, do you intend to review agreements signed? Particularly the understanding Mr Nasheed had with India. Will you review that?

DMW: We will not. I spoke to the Prime Minister of India. Every dignitary from India that has come here I have assured we will continue to respect all the agreements we have signed with them. I can only be accountable for the time I am in government.

During my tim in government there will be no turning back and we will respect all the agreements, all the commercial agreements we have signed.

LeMonde: One agreement was that China not increase its influence in the Maldives. Will you respect these agreements?

DMW: We have a special relationship with India and special agreements on our security and defence. Those will continue to remain the same. I cannot comment on a particular country.

JJ: Umar Naseer, the Vice President of Gayoom’s political party the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM), said at a rally several nights ago in front of at least a thousand people that he had personlly warned Nasheed that there would be bloodshed unless he stepped down. Given comments such as this coming from other former opposition parties do you still maintain that there was no intimidation in the resignation of Mohamed Nasheed?

DMW: Umar Naseer should explain himself. I cannot explain for him. He is not known to be someone who is particularly careful with what he says. You know him better. Whatever he said in the political rally – and I have heard people have said that he said these things – you should really ask him. He is around in Male’.

Journalist: The Maldives has had strong relations with Sri Lanka and currently Nasheed’s wife and children are in Sri Lanka. Will this affect the current government’s relationship with Sri Lanka?

DMW: No, Sri Lanka again is very close to us. We are like brothers and sisters. We share our language, history and culture. This question doesn’t have to be raised at all. President Nasheed’s family are free to be whereever they want to be. I can assure you we have the best relationship with Sri Lanka. I have spoken to President Rajapaksa more than once and I don’t think we have to worry about it. All nationals – from India, Sri Lanka – are free to stay here and we will do our best to protect them.

JJ: What is a the status of the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court Abdulla Mohamed, around whom many of these events have centred? Is he back on the bench? Has he been reinstated?

DMW: [Consults with Dr Hassan Saeed] Well, you see my advisor tells me that the guy has already taken leave.

Dr Hassan Saeed (DHS): He has taken one month’s leave for his personal issues.

DMW: It is for the judiciary to decide what to do with him, not for me. I don’t want to interfere in the judiciary. I want our constitution to be respected, and work with everybody to make our constitution work. This is a new constitution, and it is the first time we are trying it out. And so there are difficulties in it. We need to find ways of solving it. It is time for us to work together, and if there are problems with the judicary we need to work together to solve them – they are intelligent good people in the judiciary and the Judicial Services Commission (JSC). We welcome assistance from the Commonwealth and United Nations to develop programs and build the capacity of the judiciary.

This is true also for the executive and the legislature. We need to work togather to build our democracy and consolidate our democracy.

JJ: If I could address this to Dr Hassan Saeed: as I understand it you in 2005 as Attorney General under former President Gayoom were the first person to raise concerns about the conduct of Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed, in a letter to Gayoom. Your concerns – among others – included that he has instructed underage victims of child sexual assault to reenact their attack in a courtroom in front of the perpetrator. Are you satisfied with the investigation against the judge, and if this something you believe still needs to be looked into?

DHS: As chief legal advisor to the government at that time, I had raised issues with the in-charge of the judiciary at that time. In that constitution the President was the head of the judiciary. So it was my legal and moral obligation to raised that issue with him, which I did.

I did not know if it was followed up. Obviously if there are issues it has to be resolved in accordance with the established laws and institutions.

Journalist: The tourism industry has been particularly affected by this. What measures have been taken to help the economy?

DMW: You are right. The tourism sector is the most important sector of our economy and we cannot afford violence on the streets of Male’. This is why it is so important for us to move forward in an agreed roadmap towards elections. The tourism sector so far has not been severely affected. There have been some cancellations. But lots of people are coming and having a good time in the Maldives, and going back. I hope the situation will stabilise further and tourism increase.

We have had a steady increase in tourism over the last couple of years now. It can [continue] only if we take violence out of the equation. I hope nobody is going to call for street violence or burning down public buildings and damaging private offices.

SBS: You know that when a vote is taken away from people that is a likely resault, and that governments which come to power under hails of tear gas and police, normally exit power under hails of tear gas. Are you waiting for that?

DMW: There is a constitutional mechanism for that. I did not take power by force – I was sworn into office according to the consitution.

SBS: Because your superior was forced out.

DMW: I was already elected, on the same ticket as President Nasheed. I got the same vote as President Nasheed, and we came in together. The reason why I am here is that in any country, if something happens to the President, the Vice President takes over. We have the same mandate.

It is not for you or me to decide if it is a coup. Why didn’t he say it in front of the television when everybody was there? He was not alone, his cabinet members were there, it was not like people were going to crack down on him.

SBS: He had mutinious police in the square, he had the army turning against him, he had former police and army chiefs entering the cabinet room giving orders…

DMW: All this was caused by himself.

SBS: I agree perhaps he was indelicate or lacked political skill, but he was still the elected representative of a country – the first elected representative of this country in 30 years.

DMW: If he was under duress, if he had had the guts to say in front of the camera, “Dear citizens, I am being asked to resign under duress”, we all would have been out on the street. I would have been out on the street. I have been out on the street with him before, and I would have been out on the street with him again. But it was a matter of undermining our constitution.

Let us have an inquiry, and come out with the facts.

Journalist: If there is an election, are you going to contest against Mr Nasheed?

DMW: I don’t know. At the moment my preoccuptation is to work with everybody, be a facilitator. I have said I won’t have any of my prty in the cabinet. I am fully committed to being a facilitator. If everybody agrees and says “Waheed, you shouldn’t stand”, I would accept it.

LeMonde: You say that MDP is planning a violent demonstration [Friday] night?

DWH: These are the reports I have received?.

LeMonde: You have reports convincing you that they plan to be violent?

DMW: This is the information I have received, but I hope it is not the case.

Journalist: In your opinion, how is this going to end?

DMW: I think with a little bit of time. The last time we had violence was on the 8th, and since then it has been calm. I hope people have the time to think a little bit, and reflect. I am optimistic. we will be able to work out a peaceful way of moving forward.

Journalist: There are allegations that police have accepted money and corruption is rampant within the police. Are investigations being conducted into this?

DMW: I am not aware of this, and no cases have come to me since I took over. If there was I’m sure the former President would have done something about it.

Journalist: If the street violence stops, will you have early elections?

DMW: As I said, let us talk. Violence is not the only factor. There is an economic factor here – our financial situation is not great and it hasn’t been for the last couple of years. We need to have guarantees that we are going to respect the rule of law, that we are going to uphold the consitution and our judiciary is going to be independent – that it is going to be in such a way that anyone who fears justice deserves justice. If you don’t have justice, how can you go ahead?

Journalist: Do you have any specific economic strategies?

We will continue the economic policies of the former government, and I have already announced the forming of an economic council. I will appointment distinguished economists in the country who will review the economy to put it on a good footing.

I have appointed an economic development minister who is young and competent, and a tourism minister, and I am looking for a finance minister at the moment.

I can assure you that you will have the best minds in the country working to take the economy forward. I don’t claim to be an expert, and I will not tell people how to run this country. My job – the job of any top executive – is to find the right people and help them do their work well. I have learned this in my many years of international experience.

LeMonde: Mr Nasheed introduced a new fiscal system, in particular income and corporate taxes. Will you change this system?

DMW: So far we have not decided to change anything, but we will ask the economic council. If there is something that does not work we will correct it. But there is no massive overhaul of policies. There is no deadline. It is not hard and fast deadline.

SBS: He was already president – why would Nasheed want to join your national unity government?

DMW: He should join a coalition, because he came to power in a coalition. And he decided to rescind. He couldn’t find somebody to work with him. We only had 25 percent of the vote – we had to go and ask other political parties to join, like Dr Hassan Saeed. and then we won. We had a coalition. We couldn’t work as a coalition – why not? This is a small country. You cannot rule by yourself. It is too small for one particular party to rule everybody.

SBS: So you would have him in your cabinet?

DMW: Absolutely.

SBS: As Vice President?

DMW: I have currently named a Vice President. But there are other people I would work with in the same cabinet.

JJ: The MDP has floated the idea of elections in two months – you’ve said this is too short a time. The rumour flying around today was that Nasheed may have been negotiated up to six months. Is there any truth in that, following the meetings held today?

DMW: No, there is no such timeline. The timeline is to be worked out in open discussion with regard to elections.

Journalist: So you are willing to sit down with Nasheed and decide on a date to hold elections?

DMW: We are ready to discuss.

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66 Comments on "Q&A: President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan"

  1. Kareemuddin on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 1:27 PM 

    Dr Waheed, all my suppor its with you.
    You are a diplomat. You are intelligent. I believe you will do a thousand times better job in managing this country than what Anni could have even dreamed of doing.

  2. Ben Abdul-Rahman P. on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 1:46 PM 

    Hugely insightful, JJ’s questions excellent.

    This further confirms my opinion that Dr. Waheed is too drunk with his own perception of his own power to even realize that he has no REAL power. He is too power drunk to accept, even to himself, that this was a coup, he actually believes it was not, it seems!

    Amazing, what a feeling of power can do to one’s perception of reality!

    By the time Dr. Waheed realizes that he has no real power, it MAY be too late for him to save face.

    I submit, Dr. Waheed’s only hope of redeming his own face is to announce and struggle for elections in less than, say, three months.

  3. yaamyn on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 1:49 PM 

    Good, hard hitting questions.

    I see that the coup leader refuses to outright condemn the reprehensible violence and brutality carried out on unarmed citizens the day of/after the coup.

    It is clear that the people won’t see justice, and just like 30 year old dictatorship that has now returning to power by proxy, the police and military will once again be free to brutalize civilians with no consequences.

    It may be a bit hard on the economy to have an election right now, but a temporary economic set back is a perfectly acceptable price to pay for long term prosperity and strengthening of democracy.

  4. Got ya! on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 2:17 PM 

    1. I deny that it was a military takeover. (HE KNOWS)

    2.I was watching what was going on on televsion like everybody else, and if you watch the tapes you wonder what really happened that day. I don’t really know what happened. (HE DOESN’T KNOW)

    3. Mr Ghafoor is very far away from Male’. I respect his moral judgement and so on, but it is not for me to say whether it right or worng. He is entitled to his moral position, but he was very far away when things were happening. We were right here.(HE KNOWS)

    4. It is not for you or me to decide if it is a coup. Why didn’t he say it in front of the television when everybody was there? He was not alone, his cabinet members were there, it was not like people were going to crack down on him.(HE’S CORNERED & HE’S ANGRY)

  5. Ilham on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 2:18 PM 

    Who is this Malaysian man? Should I be worried? You can’t have a Baaghee girl and a Baaghee man.

  6. Excuses not to have election before 2013 on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 2:35 PM 

    DMW: Absolutely. I know the constitution has provisions for an election in the next year and I can tell you that I will not be party to delaying that election in any way. I am committed to holding elections, as per the constitution, and if early elections have to be held, there are provisions for that too. You have to have a consitutional amendment.

    DMW: The conditions are not right for an election just now. If all the parties told me tomorrow that we should have an election, and that they would cease violence, I would have no problem.

    DMW: As I said, let us talk. Violence is not the only factor. There is an economic factor here – our financial situation is not great and it hasn’t been for the last couple of years. We need to have guarantees that we are going to respect the rule of law, that we are going to uphold the consitution and our judiciary is going to be independent – that it is going to be in such a way that anyone who fears justice deserves justice. If you don’t have justice, how can you go ahead?

    DMW: No, there is no such timeline. The timeline is to be worked out in open discussion with regard to elections.

  7. Haleema Yousuf on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 2:48 PM 

    I think we can read through the lines. his promised to hold elections is just a media blitz. He is not going to do it unless he is forced to do so through street protests. he is going to do anything to hold on to power and ask these guys around him to support him in the next general elections. he want to silence the voice of the people through various excuses. We are not going to accept his terms. he better learn to listen to us.

  8. Peter Jones on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 2:55 PM 

    I,I, I , I. Always I. There is nothing about the Maldivian people. Too much political talk but will the international media believe him?

  9. Shaheem on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 2:57 PM 

    I suggest every one who wants to know the state of the judiciary in the Maldives reads this document

    My question is why didnt Dr Waheed speak up when the Supreme Court appointed judges and the Speaker had them sworn in violation of the constitution?

    Why did he only speak up about the President?

    And what happened to his call for Judge Abdula Mohamed to be suspended while he is investigated?

    Yawnh yawn yawn. Lies more lies and more lies.

  10. Mr Antonio (spain) on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:02 PM 

    It is certainly normal that someone from Malasya seats in the President office while there is an interview!!! What sort of new mambo-jumbo is this? And the man had the freedom to talk about national matters … That is very strange not at all according to the Protocol. Does the taking over President need a baby sitter. All this is strange.

  11. yaamyn on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:05 PM 


    “You are intelligent. I believe you will do a thousand times better job in managing this country than what Anni could have even dreamed of doing.”


    But your support alone is not sufficient to have this man rule over the country, installed by the conspirators behind the coup d’etat.

    Waheed has a near zero chance of winning any election in this country, and the dictator’s apologists he has surrounded himself with simply do not have a democratic mandate.

    A government can only be appointed by the people’s will, and removed by the people’s will. This is not for Waheed or Abdulla Riyaz or Umar Naseer or the criminals in uniform to decide.

    The people can have their say in this matter through the ballot box.

    Given that, there is no other option but to hold immediate elections.

    Waheed may very well be the greatest administrator in the history of the universe, but he can only sit in that chair with the mandate of the general Maldivian public – not the whims of a few policemen and their corrupt masters.

  12. Malaysia on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:26 PM 

    I am worried about Waheeds Malaysian friend. Is there a Malaysian element to the coup.

    Waheed was happy to spend his days at the UN while his family such as Naushad who campaigned for him during his majlis elections were suffering in jail under Maumoons regime. Why would he bother about other Maldivians who have been brutalised by police when he did not stand up for his own family.

  13. Nars on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:39 PM 

    president Dr Waheed we do support you, your interviews are more inteligent and coherent than that mad man Anni..i hope the maldivian public will choose you in a election i and all the intelligent and sound minded people will vote for you..but sadly mostly of the Maldivians are uneducted and can be fooled by MDP and its hollow promises…like you said

    “Anything other than President Mohamed Nasheed’s government is now being painted as the old government, as a return to the old regime”
    Which is what Minivan news and all MDP associated news sources are trying to spread…It is a big lie.

  14. queenmaumoon on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:40 PM 

    I have the feeling that he is being dictated.MAUMOON’S PUPPET!!!

  15. Ben on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:55 PM 

    One excellenet question JJ asked, ‘Do you beleive you are in control of the military?” Now, Waheed SEEMS like he THINKS he is telling the truth, he even seems like a genuine guy! However, President Waheed truly is drunk with power to believe THAT he IS in control of the military! Not even Anni commanded the loyalty of the really powerful.

    The Military and Police were one body previously (NSS.) The seniors with real power in the Police and the new Military were reared on the ideology of the NSS, which was deeply routed in Maumoon’s version of the Islamic vision. I read hundreds of pages of documents on it. These military men are, no matter what, loyal to Maumoon, believing his vision of Maldives is the best.

    Maumoon has allowed elections etc on the basis that if push REALLY came to shove, he can count on the support of his seniors. Push coming to shove happened when Judge Abdullah whats his face was arrested, and Yameen’s case was submitted. Is this simply because Yameen is maumoon’s baby brother and Maumoon feels he owes him ‘protection?’ I used to believe so, but here is what I had been told, they are actually able to blackmail each other!

    If any politician really poses a threat to Maumoon, too his family, or is PERCEIVED to pose a threat to Maumoon’s liberal version of Islam, he will be removed whilst Maumoon is alive.

  16. Anees on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 4:12 PM 

    The DMW upset the country’s political atmosphere by a conspiracy with the protest leaders to oust the popularly elected president and became the leader of an unelected regime. If he believes in elections why did he plot to oust an elected government?

    True. He fought elections but won none. Desperate, he conspired with the protesters and involved police and the military in a coup that brought the legitimate government on 7 February 2012.

    Under the constitution, he has no right to hold the office unless it is decided otherwise by an impartial investigation into the resignation of the president Nasheed. He resigned under intense pressure at gunpoint in the hands of the military whose constitutional duty it was to safeguard and protect the government and the people, and has since openly claimed the fact.

    The police, military personnel and some opposition protest leaders were reportedly inside the presidential residence of Muleeage well before president Nasheed was forced to resign. These and other circumstances surrounding the ouster of the government are evidence that it was a coup, not a smooth transfer of power.

    In fact, there was no obvious reason for him and his government to resign as they were elected representatives of the people? The coup is the answer.

  17. Michael Fahmy on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 4:21 PM 

    Waheed wanted to be president at least for one day. He is that kind of guy. He has no public support. He does not have what it takes to be a president.

    He congratulated the coup leaders when they did what they did.

    He is being used by some others. He is a puppet. Yes he is.

  18. Anees on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 4:30 PM 

    @ Kareemuddin on 17/02 Fri:

    No matter how diplomatic the DMW is, he is in the wrong place; not where he was elected to be. He got and is remaining there unlawfully without any legal right to it.

    He is not as intelligent as he seems to you. If he were he wouldn’t have conspired with the protest leaders to topple and rule the country unlawfully. Instead, he must have chosen to wait for the next presidential election and win it showing his intelligence and diplomacy.

    Now from the way he has acted, he is certain to have no confidence in winning the top office the constitutional way. He fought a number of elections a number of times, but has failed in all so far, and has no confidence he will even in future. The result is he stole the top job and made it his own but without any legitimate right to it.

  19. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 4:41 PM 

    @Malaysia on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 3:26 PM

    “I am worried about Waheeds Malaysian friend. Is there a Malaysian element to the coup.”

    This is a very good question. The answer is that, yes, there certainly is a Malaysian element to the events going on the Maldives!

  20. Anees on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 4:46 PM 

    How can a man who became president after overthrowing the legitimate government talk about ‘respect to rule of law’?

    He betrayed all those people who voted for Mr Nasheed to be the president and violated the constitution by toppling his government in a coup incited by the police and backed by the military aka the MNDF. The MNDF similarly breached its constitutional duty to protect and safeguard the government and the people by bringing about the coup which would not have been possible without their backing.

    The police and MNDF acted in a manner that lost them the public confidence in them as protectors of the country and people.

  21. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 4:53 PM 

    This interview is excellent; since it resembles a psychometric test! Waheed is being asked the same question in multiple different ways. In the end, unknowingly, he comes out with the truth! The truth, in this case, being that he actually agreed that it was a military takeover.

    Waheed is in denial. As I’ve said before, he has got a split personality.

    There was something else I noted.

    “I have appointed an economic development minister who is young and competent…”

    I would love to know about this guy’s qualifications and what makes him so competent. According to my information, the guy is hardly fit for the job!

  22. Mohamed Rasheed on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 5:16 PM 

    Dr. Waheed is very far from the Maldivian people and their sentiments!

  23. Nelfa on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 5:40 PM 

    I admire Dr. Waheed’s courage.

    This is going to be really hard for him.

    So many accusations but he is still walking forward. Not every vice president has these guts.

    President Nasheed did select a good running mate!

  24. Ahmed bin Addu bin Suvadheeb on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 5:52 PM 

    @Nelfa on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 5:40 PM

    “So many accusations but he is still walking forward.”

    That’s known as trying to save ones own arse! I don’t think he knows which way is forward, to be honest.

  25. Yasir on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 6:05 PM 

    Kudos Dr Waheed, you are a true sincere maldivian. We the people of Maldives wish you all the best in everything you are trying to do for this country. You have shown in just these few days what a good governance should be and we are with you. Had terrorist Nasheed shown similar form of leadership, he wouldn’t be seen this day now. May God bless you and we hope to see you win the 2013 election too.

  26. nina on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 6:05 PM 

    waheed can tell lies from his mouth, but he cant lie his heart.

    he doesnt want to admit that he is ambitious too to be a president. when the deal came with opposition leaders, it was a big chance f him. surely he wants to eat the cake soon..

    waheed, hasan saeed, that malay guy..guys you check that video of police brutaly, check video that mdnf said anni will resign after you ppl forced him….what u ppl will deny again????
    even a ordinary citizen like me can see obviously it was a coup that planned well!

    waheed, very big punishement in qubur for telling big lies!!

  27. Yasir on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 6:30 PM 

    Whats the big deal with the Malaysian friend. JJ was very sarcastic with this. But how come was never sarcastic with the european friends which Nasheed had around him. One such crack pot was Robert Blake.

  28. Ahmed Hashim on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 6:33 PM 

    One person is dead. So now he is a Murderer

  29. thought on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 6:41 PM 

    Believing anything Nasheed claims without any doubt, rejecting even the possibility of anything anyone who says otherwise of being true, is extremely biased. Nasheed is not a prophet.

  30. Wilbur on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 7:27 PM 

    In my experience of dealing with Mr Waheed I have always found him to be feeble, two faced and quite inept. I pity the people of the Maldives!

  31. Malaysian guy on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 7:37 PM 

    Ah I know. The Malaysian guy must be one of Hassan Saeedh’s in laws.

  32. on the leaked audio on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 7:55 PM 


    DMW: No THEY haven’t, I deny that. I am not aware of it. If somebody has, then somebody else is doing this.

    Journalist: On the HAVEERU website there ARE DETAILS OF THE LEAKED AUDIO.

    DMW: No, that is not true. I have certainly not APPROVED anything to that effect, and until now I have not even heard about it.

  33. Hani on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 8:29 PM 

    Dirty lying politicians obsessed with so called “power” will be the death of us all. This interview will come back to haunt him.

  34. Kareemuddin on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 8:56 PM 

    @ yaamyn

    You call it a coup d’etat. I call it legitmate hading over of power.
    Let’s not argue more on this.
    Let’s wait until all independent ivestigations are complete.
    I am willing to accept the outcome of the independent ivestigations.
    Are you?

    @ Anees

    I have the same thing as I said to yaamyn to tell you.

  35. Hassan on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 9:00 PM 

    There is one thing clear! Dr Waheed is not in power due to an election !!! He is in power due to the fact the army and police took over the goverment of Maldives. We cannot talk abOut democracy because he has not been democratically elected. He is in goverment thanks to the army and police. The rest is not the reality but a fantasie made ul by him and others. Why is there now a man from Malaysia … Did you already forgot Maldives airlines ? What sort of slavery is this again? Freedom for Maldives and elections . That is all we want !!!!!

  36. Hakeem on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 10:42 PM 

    JJ Robison who is Nasheed’s employee did a very good job in asking the right questions on behalf. Bur Dr Waheed was too smart . This is the difference between British education and American education. Waheed was educated in America.

  37. Larry[geordie]Dodds on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 10:48 PM 

    There is only one man in charge of the Maldives,,he ran the nation as his own personal business for 30yrs,,anything you see now is just a front,in fact just a paid manager..There will be sorrow a-plenty for the ordinary honest Maldivian..

  38. Rolex on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 10:56 PM 

    @ Shaheem

    “… President Nasheed ordered Abdulla Mohamed, Chief Judge of
    the Criminal Court, to be forcibly removed from the bench, following a public outcry
    over the Judicial Services Commission’s inability …”

    A dossier of lies starts with a lie.
    President ordered to remove the judge FOLLOWING A PUBLIC OUTCRY?
    What nonsense?
    There was no public outcry about anytihng when the judge was abducted.
    The dossier like any MDP statement, document, talk, etc is full of LIES.
    Not woth my time.

  39. caro on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 11:14 PM 

    Hello All,
    As a Maldives fan and contributor to its tourism expansion, I find appalling that a coup took place while the country was prospering.
    Thanks to Shaheem for posting this link: which gave me a lot of information about the country political situation.
    I wish you all good luck and hope you will find a solution suitable for the people and the democracy.

  40. Sameema, on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 11:21 PM 

    Dr. Waheed and Dr. Hassan Saeed are two witch doctors at the same time they are book doctors and book worms, They have no clue about reality.

    They think they have been ask to writer an academic report on how to run Maldives by the UN.

    “We will form a Unity Government”

    “We will do things according to the norms and principles of the UN principles.”

    hahha wake up you damn idiots.

  41. G\\\\\ on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 11:35 PM 

    “I categorically deny that.” Judas Waheed is a Phd holder.

    Gafoor was far away from Male’ how the hell would he know whats going in Male’, I was in Male’ watching TV and I didn’t know what was going on, suddenly Speaker of the Majlis called me and said come and become the President of the Country.

    IS this guy for real.

    “I categorically deny that” I wrote this article.

  42. Giligili on Fri, 17th Feb 2012 11:53 PM 

    “I had discussions with the head of MDP and the next day they came out on the street and we had confrontations in front of the media.”

    Exactly my argument we must never have violence in front of the media. Did you see any violence in Addu, it was all here say, throwing people in to the see with hands cuffed behind there backs being thrown into the sea, all false statements.

    Did you see one single person in addu while his clothes being removed and made naked while the police pepper sprayed their private parts. “I categorically deny this”

    This has a familiar ring to it, hasn’t it?

    “Its simply not true.”

    Did you see Prsidents Mohamed Nasheed’s Testicles being grabbed by Dr. Waheeds police force. “Simply not true” “I categorically deny.”

    These things never happened, it was not captured on cameras used by the media.

    Media is a serious problem for My government. Keep to your violence when media is not there.

    gili giligili giligili giligili giligili giligili giligili gili

    fili filifili filifili filifili filifili filifili filifili fili

    for god sake hire a public relations firm like hills and knowlton before you drown in Dr. Hassan Saeeds Piss.

  43. Fareedha on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 12:03 AM 

    Eka maku vaa, anga in nubuney hurey bala Waheedhooo.

  44. Gi. Joe on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 12:19 AM 

    Before an election there are lots of things that needs to be investigated and attended:

    Judiciary has to be removed from all influences and every judge must resign and be re-elect, the judges with the necessary qualification only. some of us lawyers feel ashamed to call Abdulla Gazee, Chief Criminal court Gazee a Judge.

    Maumoon,Yamin,Gasim,Thasmeen,Crown Company Saleem, Bados Waheedheen: these people has paid money to certain unsavory elements of the Army and Police to over throw an elected Government.

    These people should be declared bankrupt and their assets must be seized by the State.

    As for the Army and the Police personnel who took part, they must never ever wear uniform with the national emblem and they must never ever serve in the government or in the civil service.

    For the sake of our future we must implement these deterrents or else will see this happening over and over again.

    I urge the parliament members to pass bill to this effect and carry out these recommendations through the justice system after its been over hauled.

    All the Political parties and independent members of the Majlis, I am sure will support for such deterrent so that our country will not fall in to a ditch like this ever again.

  45. Ben on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 12:45 AM 

    The little respect I had for this Waheed he had just taken away. I live here in Male’, Maldives. Is Mr. Waheed blind and deaf to compare the violence on 8th February to anything before in our recent history? Police did not shed a single drop of blood from any civilians untile that day. ASK ANYONE..ANYONE..On 8th February it was VIOLENCE AND BRUTALITY at it’s purest form just as devil intended. Either he refuses to see it or he is the Hitler reincarnated. God Bless Maldives under him..

  46. Rashid on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 4:35 AM 

    They say if you want to be a politician you must have the capacity to go for the jugular.

    Dr Waheed has demonstrated he has the capacity to go for the jugular.

    Let us see who he stabs next.

  47. Shaheem on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 4:43 AM 


    You say the report is not worth your time citing that there was no public outcry. Thats all you have to say about this report?

    Well, how about this?

    “If you don’t have justice, how can you go ahead?” Dr Waheed saidin a recent interview.

    Precisely. You can’t. Pity he didn’t say that when he was our elected Vice President.

    Not one word from Dr Waheed when the Supreme Court violated Article 149 (d) of the Constitution which requires the enactment of a Judges Act to appoint judges and appointed judges before the enactment of the Judges Act.
    In the report published by the Office of the President, Government of the Maldives A LEGACY OF AUTHORITARIANISM: A Dossier on the Maldivian Judiciary (February 2012), we see the blatant violation of our constitution by the Supreme Court,

    “Article 141 of the 2008 Constitution established the Supreme Court as the highest authority for administering justice in the country and provided a transitional period of two years. The transitional provisions chapter of the Constitution conferred interim arrangements for the Judiciary. An interim Supreme Court was established consisting of five Justices. This arrangement was to remain in place until the establishment of the Supreme Court as provided under article 145 of the Constitution. The number of justices of the Supreme Court must be specified in a law passed by the People’s Majlis to enable the proper formation of the Supreme Court. Article 149(d) of the Constitution requires the enactment of this Judges Act.

    Two months before the end of the transition period, on 8 June 2010, and prior to the passing of a law relating to judges, the interim Supreme Court sent a letter to the President stating that the interim Justices would remain permanently on the bench, securing their tenure, although there was no legal procedure for such an action under the Constitution or any
    other law. This self proclamation in the absence of an enacted law specifically mentioned in article 149(d) of the Constitution, forced the President to declare the Supreme Court bench defunct on 7 August 2010.

    In response to the closure of the Supreme Court, the Majlis passed the law required by article 149(d), the Judges Act, on 10 August 2010. The same day, the President ratified the Act, and the Supreme Court was immediately open and functioning.

    Dr Waheed speaks of rule of law and yet he was silent when rule of law was not honoured by the Supreme Court of the Maldives.

    Neither Dr Waheed nor his party spoke up as the highest authority for administering justice in the country undermined the rule of law

    And not one word from Dr Waheed when Judge Abdulla released those accused of murder, sexual abuse, child abuse, corruption, disturbance of peace.

    Not one word from Dr Waheed when Judge Abdulla Mohamed refused to give warrants for the arrests of criminals.

    Or when he issued a court order to block the questioning of Dr Jameel by the Police.

    When he did speak, he spoke against President Nasheed‘s action to detain Judge Abdullah.

  48. Mahid Luthfy on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 5:42 AM 

    Anni has lost his credibility in his strong hold Addu, after people knew that he was the one behind destroying the police buildings, courts and private properties. As a person who have voted in 2 rounds of election, I call upon the government to arrest the guy which will lead to peace and harmony.

  49. Wargath bin Naufal on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 7:59 AM 

    I wonder who this apparent “passing friend” from malaysia who got a seat at the press conference huh.. strange stranger the plot thickens

  50. To Kareemuddin on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 9:26 AM 

    You call November 3 1988 a coup d’etat. I call it a drama staged by Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom to get popular.(see the video)

    Let’s not argue more on this.Let’s call for an independent investigation as we all know the investigations carried out post November 3rd consisted of torture and nothing but torture. They didn’t have any access to lawyers.
    I am willing to accept the outcome of the independent investigations.
    Will you?

  51. Kareemuddin on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 9:48 AM 

    @ To Kareemuddin on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 9:26 AM

    “I am willing to accept the outcome of the independent investigations.
    Will you?”
    And I will rest the matter there.
    I will not call for another investigation just because the outcome might not be in my favour.
    I will respect the outcome.

  52. Ali on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 9:51 AM 

    The mask has finally slipped. We see where Dr Waheed’s alliances lie… with the affluent of the Maldives who stood by while our people suffered.

    Dr Waheed may be articulate, educated and polished, but where is the heart?

    He speaks so eloquently about the need for communication.

    Why did he not put that to use when he was in the office of the President?

    How does Dr Waheed hope to have national unity by bringing people who tortured our people who called for freedom of expression and democracy into positions of power?

    Dr Waheed was elected as President Nasheeds running mate. He is responsible as Nasheed is for all decisions made during his time as Vice President. If he did not agree with President Nasheed’s decisions he should have resigned.

    There is no integrity in what Waheed has done. Where there is no integrity there is no workability.

    Waheed must resign and we must be given the opportunity to elect a President of our choice asap.

  53. Rolex on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 10:15 AM 

    @ Shaheem

    First of all, I believe a dossier that begins wilth a LIE will not and cannot portray the real picture. That was why I said it is not worth my time.

    Secondly, now there is no point in saying Dr Waheed did not do this, Dr Waheed did not do that.
    Dr Waheed was marginalised so much that he was almost lost into oblivion when he was the VP.
    He was allowed to do only what the President asked him to do. Nothing more. Nothing else.
    As if people do not know, Tourism Minister Zulfa reiterated this as recently was a couple of months ago.
    Dr Waheed was not consulted in most matters or policies of the government.
    He has said this himself in an interview he gave at least a year before Nasheed resigned.
    Dr Waheed was asked to take care of eradication of drugs form this country.

    The country’s juridicture judiciary and judges have several issues. But Dr Waheed was NEVER asked to look into these issues.
    As a result Dr Waheed was not in no poistion to comment on the actions of the judges, judiciary or the juridicture of this country.
    He being the diplomat kept things within his legal sphere and did not go beyond its boundaries.

    Now that Dr Waheed is the President, he can comment on the issue because as the Head of State, he should be responsible.

    No one denies that there are issues about the judges and court proceedings. But to abduct a judge just becase you think he is corrupt (we shuld all assume he is innocent until proven otherrwise) is not the way forward in a democracy.
    If Gayyoom did such a thing, it would not have been illegitimate because the consitution we had then allowed such abduction.
    But to take the same path when we are respecting the current constitution was unacceptable to many.
    The result was far bitter than anyone expected.
    But I believe as the saying goes, everythig happens for good reason.
    I for one, am happy that this country is freed from a madness we called MDP Sarukaaru.

  54. Rolex on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 10:24 AM 

    @ Ali

    “Why did he not put that to use when he was in the office of the President?”

    Because he was subdued, suppressed and oppressed by the President.

    “Waheed must resign and we must be given the opportunity to elect a President of our choice asap.”
    Just because your president resigned that does not mean we should have fresh elections.
    Our constitution says when the president is in a position he can no longer carry out his duties (I believe Nasheed was in this position when he resigned), the VP will take over.
    Dr Waheed has taken over and now he is the legitimate president.

    I heard that there are MDPians who disagree with Anni’s rhetoric and believe this goverrnment is legitimate.
    We will hear their voice a little later.

  55. mariyam on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 12:33 PM 

    @ Rolex

    Looks like you have given a really good list of the motives that lead a usually reasonable and sensible man like Dr waheed to agree to be part of such an atrocious act like bringing about the coup and betraying the very people who he was supposed to protect and who trusted him. Because he was ignored by Nasheed he decided to have an affair with the Opposition and ended up divorcing Nasheed and marrying the Opposition. In a way I can understand Dr Waheed’s frustrations, BUT it is NOT AN EXCUSE to betray his people and his nation. He had no right to take out his anger with Nasheed, on us, the people of Maldives. If he was unhappy, why didn’t he just resign and say that he can’t work with a Government who is excluding him? Maybe because he didn’t want to give up the easy life he was having as the VP. What he is saying about being marginalized may be true, but its too late to talk about that, after he has marginalized his own people for his own benefit. Not surprising, given that he is sleeping with the very enemy who publicly humiliated his own mother. Shame on Dr Waheed.

  56. Ibn Khaldun on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 1:20 PM 

    A smart liar, this Dr. Waheed.
    First of all, this conflict is in the deepest roots a religious conflict and is nothing but else the Maldivian edition of the worldwide crises of islamic countries. Many people, say the islanders, were opposing Anni because he is a secular and not a religious leader. He was too modern for a society on the way back in the past and the disaster.

    Mr. Waheed is an Islamist. This may sound for some confusing, but I got convinced from this at the occasion of earlier statements of Waheed. Please take this serious, he is a fundamentalist without beard. Maldives is with Saudi Arabia the only country in the world not allowing its citizen choice of religion. How the doctor of philosophy find this fact compatible with human rights and his idol Habermas is his secret.

    So far for the religious side. Why Mr. Waheed sides with the criminals around Maumoon and Jameen and the illiterates around a Ghazeem, is his next secret.
    Has anyone the explanation?

  57. Gahir on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 2:44 PM 

    OH no Waheed your giving up your fearless platoon leader Umar Naseer to the wolves so easily?
    Umar Naseer is far more braver and can get way more votes than you in an election at any given day…
    This just proves how much support you would have :P

  58. Simba on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 2:50 PM 

    @ Kareemuddin

    How dumb can you be my Friend??

  59. Shaheem on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 4:12 PM 

    @ Rolex

    Your comment “As a result Dr Waheed was not in no poistion to comment on the actions of the judges, judiciary or the juridicture of this country”.

    He did comment. When Nasheed detained the judge.

    As for being marginalised, why did he continue to stay in that post if that was the case? I wouldn’t.

  60. Riyaz on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 4:20 PM 

    @ Rolex

    The reason Waheed has to resign is because our President was forced to resign under duress. Its the moral and ethical thing to do if you are the running mate. There is plenty of evidence around that indicates the President was forced to resign.

  61. Rolex on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 5:41 PM 

    @ Shaheem

    Well, you would not have remained in post were you marginalised like Dr Waheed.
    Thats ok.
    But that’s you.
    Why do you expect everyone also to be like you?

    @ Riyaz

    “There is plenty of evidence around that indicates the President was forced to resign.”

    Lets wait till the independent investigators make a conclusion.
    Anni was forced to resign the way Hosni Mubarak was also forced to resign.

  62. Rolex on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 5:43 PM 

    @ mariyam

    If anyone has betrayed anyone else, it is Anni who has done so.
    He betrayed the people by resigning when he could have very well avoided the situation.

  63. mode on Sat, 18th Feb 2012 11:52 PM 

    Minivan news is trying to black mail Waheed but truth of the matter is that you will never be able to win.

    Malidivian are not only members of MDP but there are Maldivian who members of other parties and some are not even member of any of any political party.

    Minivan is trying to convince the word that MDP is representing the entire Maldives and there is only handful people in all other parties.

    Minivan new should know that Anni managed to get only 23.7 % of the total vote and never was able to win the election alone. Anni only won the election on the second round with the clear backing an support from other parties.

    he himself had told the entire country that is clear that ” People of Maldives” had said that he himself can not win the election and he need to get the full support from gaasim, Hassan saeed and Adhaalth party. Please check what he had said in those occasions.

    Guys be responsible and do a responsible journalism and do not try to promote hooliganism in the medai.

  64. Nisha on Sun, 19th Feb 2012 9:45 AM 

    so Mode, call for early elections if you are so sure of winning this. No need to deprive citizens of the vote, so call for a just election.

  65. Abdulla on Sun, 19th Feb 2012 10:18 AM 

    Military intervention into public vote. We have slipped into dark annals of history and the very purpose of constitution is defeated. Monetary terms a Presidential election costs over 100 million Rufuyaa. What an abyss the country is in.

  66. Ad-On on Mon, 20th Feb 2012 5:20 AM 

    Everyone has a right to his opinion, but no one has the right to be wrong in existing facts:
    1. Brutal torture -Torture is illegal in Maldives, as dictated by Geneva Conventions,
    2. The breaking of our nation by creating chaos,
    3. Collapsed economy. while not been able to recover from a recession, investors are hopeless now.

    When reality unfolds there will be no escape for you.

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