Maldivian govt seeks MDP support to end political impasse

Last Updated: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 21:15

Colombo: A top Maldivian minister on Monday
appealed to ousted president Mohamed Nasheed to allow the
parliament to function to end the political deadlock in the
country.

The Maldivian government led by President Mohamed Waheed
seeks the support of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) so
as to allow the parliament to function even as an all-party
talks to failed to end a political stalemate over an early
election date.

"If President Nasheed is sincere about political reforms,
about an early election, his party can`t block parliament
process," Youth Minister Mohamed Shareef Mundhu told reporters
in Colombo.

The MDP disrupted last Thursday`s opening of parliament
and prevented the president from deliver his address last
week.

MDP lawmakers blocked the entry to parliament and had
removed the speaker`s chair from the chamber.

"The constitution clearly states the president must first
address parliament, state his policy address. Then parliament
can proceed with necessary laws to allow early elections,"
Shareef said.

Nasheed, who has claimed he was ousted as a result of a
coup, has vowed not to allow the parliament to function unless
an early presidential elections date is set.

The new government`s spokesman Abbas Adil Riza said
elections time frame will be decided by all-party talks.

"Before we fix election dates, we need to change the
constitution, push through judicial reforms and strengthen
independent institutions. We have to follow the constitutional
process," Riza said.

Nasheed`s resignation on February 7 came after weeks of
protests following Nasheed`s decision to jail a judge.

He has accused the former president Maumoon Gayoom`s
supporters of engineering his downfall.

An all party talks to take forward an India-brokered deal
has failed to end the deadlock. Under an India-brokered deal,
the Waheed government had agreed to hold an early election in
line with Nasheed`s demand.

Major parties have withdrawn their representatives after
the MDP lawmakers disrupted parliament and prevented the
president from deliver his address last week.

MDP leaders have now threatened to to paralyse the
functioning of the government unless it gives a date for the
presidential elections.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 20:37

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