Nasheed looks to Yahapalanaya model to remove Yameen

SRI LANKA-MALDIVES-POLITICSFormer Maldives President Mohammad Nasheed is looking at Sri Lanka’s ‘Yahapalanaya model’ to remove Maldives President Abdulla Yameen.

Nasheed told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka through Skype that the “restore democracy” movement wants to oust President Abdulla Yameen through legal and constitutional means, the New Indian Express reported.

On the role of India and Sri Lanka, Nasheed said that they are concerned about the state of affairs in the Maldives but countries have their ways of conducting foreign relations. Specifically on Sri Lanka he said that the movement is following the Sri Lanka model of democratic restoration (the Yahapalanaya movement of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe).

Specifying the expected role of the Security Forces in this movement, Nasheed said that they could allow anti-Yameen demonstrations to take place without undue curbs. He regretted that recently three office bearers of the MDP were taken into custody. But he was confident that the Security Forces can help because a section of them are alienated from the corrupt and arbitrary rule of Yameen.

According to Nasheed, the time is ripe for a overthrow of the Yameen government because Yameen is not able to carry with him sizeable sections of his own party, the parliament, and his own family. His own half brother Maumoon Gayoom and the latter’s children are not with him.

Asked how he could expect Gayoom, who had been dictatorial as President of Maldives, and had jailed him, to side with him now, Nasheed said that Gayoom realizes that the future of his children and of the Maldivian people lies in the restoration of democracy and good governance. Nasheed also said that Maldivians should not be tied to the past but look to the future.

On the policies of a post-Yameen government, Nasheed said that the “unity government that will be formed will be primarily concerned with the restoration of democratic institutions and not economic development.

After the restoration of democracy in the country’s institutions, elections will be held and the group which is elected will formulate developmental policies. (Colombo Gazette)