Maldives President calls for patience following decisive court ruling

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom appealed to all Maldivian citizens to exercise patience and put forward national interest at times of difficulty.

His appeal came after a Maldives Supreme Court ruling which ordered the release of nine key political prisoners, including exiled former leader Mohamed Nasheed.

The President made the appeal while speaking at a gathering organised by the Progressive Party of Maldives, the Maldives President’s office said.

Underscoring that the President is Head of State in the Maldives, President Yameen appealed to law enforcement agencies and the Maldivian people, to have faith in the Office towards implementing the Supreme Court’s ruling last week, in line with the laws of the nation.

The President further noted that the Administration was currently in consultations with the Supreme Court in order to implement the court’s ruling within proper rules and procedure.

He also reiterated that his priority was ensuring peace and stability within the Maldives and its people.

President Abdulla Yameen won a controversial run-off Presidential vote against Nasheed in 2013. Nasheed was later jailed in 2015 but he was granted leave from prison in 2016 for medical treatment in London.

Nasheed however secured political asylum in the UK and often visited Sri Lanka for meetings but never returned to the Maldives to face the remainder of his jail term.

Recently Nasheed announced he will contest the 2018 Presidential election. (Colombo Gazette)