MDP wants MR to push Waheed on polls

The main Maldivian opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to push Maldives President Mohamed Waheed to hold early Presidential elections.

The Maldivian President and a delegation of senior Ministers and officials are scheduled to undertake  a State Visit to Sri Lanka from tomorrow at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

During this visit, the two Presidents will conduct bilateral consultations to review the relations between the two countries.

MDP spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor told the Colombo Gazette his party would like President Rajapaksa to urge Waheed to hold early Presidential elections, when the two meet each other for talks.

The Maldives has been in a state of turmoil since MDP leader Mohammad Nasheed resigned as President in February and later said he was forced to resign.

Street protests led by the MDP were held in the country since February but was recently suspended to facilitate all party talks with the government to end the political crisis.

At the talks held last week the MDP submitted a set of proposals to the government mainly centered on a commission of inquiry which is to conclude its investigations into the change of Presidency in February this year.

The report by the Commission of National Inquiry on the 7 February transfer of power will be released on 30 August.

Ghafoor said that if the commission finds that the events of 7 February amounted to a coup d’etat and an illegal transfer of power, the MDP had proposed that Nasheed and the former government be reinstated immediately.