Maldives ejected from Commonwealth panel over vote delay
Male: The Commonwealth expelled the Maldives today from its disciplinary panel which has begun investigating the political chaos in the country after repeated court interventions that scuttled elections, a diplomat said.
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), which can recommend the expulsion of countries from the 53-member bloc, ejected the Indian Ocean islands during a meeting in the Sri Lankan capital today.
"As long as Maldives remains on the agenda of CMAG, it can`t be a member of this panel," the diplomat said after the Commonwealth issued a statement confirming that the Maldives was discussed today.
The country faces a constitutional crisis after three presidential elections were cancelled, with Western and Indian diplomats increasingly vocal in their criticism of the regime of incumbent Mohamed Waheed.
Opposition leader and former president Mohammed Nasheed has won two votes in the last two months with more than 45 percent of ballots, but a run-off election has been repeatedly delayed by the Supreme Court.
"Ministers will continue to monitor the situation in Maldives closely over the coming days," the Commonwealth said in a statement.
"The chair of CMAG will brief Commonwealth heads of government on 15 November 2013, when they meet in Colombo.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Prashant Bhushan questions Arvind Kejriwal on Lokpal through press conference
- PM Modi addresses the nation during Maan Ki baat
- Delhi police arrests BSF personnel, ISI operative for espionage
- Exclusive: Prakash Javadekar's views on issue of climate change before UN summit
- Kerala's Sunni religious leader calls gender equality ‘un-Islamic’
- Women fit only to deliver children, gender equality un-islamic: Kerala Muslim leader
- Russia strikes down Goa, India from its safe travel destinations list
- Intolerance issue: Aamir Khan's remarks 'innocent', says Rajkumar Hirani
- Arvind Kejriwal backs Tarun Gogoi's claim over Guv favouring BJP, suspects 'coop federalism'
- PM Modi leaves for Paris to take part in Climate Conference