Maldives President addresses the nation, stands by his actions

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on Tuesday, stood by his actions as tensions continued in the country.

Addressing the nation regarding the current situation in the Maldives, the President said that during the current state of emergency, there was no enforcement of a curfew; and that general movements, services and businesses are not affected, nor is travel in and out of or within the country affected.

Highlighting the reasons for the declaration of the state of emergency, the President stated that ensuring all state institutions are able to function as per the Constitution and laws of the Maldives, is a duty vested in the President, under the Constitution.

The President also highlighted the challenges faced by the administration and state institutions, as a result of a Supreme Court order issued on 1 February 2018, in carrying out the responsibilities of the state accordingly.

In his address, the President noted that the Supreme Court’s Order was issued hastily for the immediate release of nine detainees whose prosecution were already concluded.

The President underscored that the administration had made several attempts to have discussions with the Supreme Court to share concerns of the state in the implementation of the Order, due to its serious implications to the state and to the law and order situation in the country.

The President also outlined that the court order hinders the authority of the Maldives Judicial Service Commission (JSC), by declaring that the Commission does not have the authority to investigate matters relating to the Supreme Court judges.

He noted that this declaration defeats the purpose of a section of the Constitution, which explicitly states that the Judicial Service Commission has jurisdiction over all members of the judiciary.

The President appealed to all Maldivians to exercise patience and be cooperative towards state institutions and law enforcement agencies, in order to assist the President in carrying out his duties in the best interest of the Maldivian people. (Asia Pacific Daily)