Nasheed says Maldives situation must be of concern to Sri Lanka

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed says the situation in the Maldives must be of concern to Sri Lanka.

Nasheed told Devirupa Mitra of The Wire in India that while he is mostly in England these days he also spends time in Sri Lanka.

“What is happening in the Maldives is very worrying and I believe that it must be an issue of concern for all neighbours – India and Sri Lanka as well. As you are aware that after a number of (ruling) MPs crossed over to the opposition, the government has locked the normal process of parliament and they have removed a number of MPs from the parliament. These MPs have gone to the Supreme Court. Because the majority of the judges are also of the view that the government is wrong, the government is again obstructing the Supreme Court from their deliberations as well. So, on the one hand, the Government has lost the confidence of the parliament, then it has also lost the confidence of the Supreme Court,” he said.

Nasheed says the opposition will not attempt to force a Government change before the next election, but will instead see that the institutions work.

” (President Abdulla) Yameen is very weak. We can, if need be, force a change of Government. But, I don’t think that’s what we want to do right now. It is unfortunate and sad that all these people are suffering. Innocent people are in jail, but we must have a thicker skin and see that the institutions work,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)



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