Washington: Legitimate political space is narrowing in Maldives, the US has said and expressed concern over the government's intolerance for criticism or competition.
"We remain greatly concerned about the narrowing of legitimate political space: too many opposition politicians are behind bars because the government's intolerance for criticism or competition," a State Department spokesperson said.
The spokesperson was responding to a question on the current political situation in Maldives with the opposition parties seeking the next general elections under an interim government.
"We support a vibrant political opposition, just as we support vibrancy in all democratic institutions. Unfortunately, we continue to see political leaders sent to jail after flawed judicial processes," the spokesperson said.
"We support the Maldivian people's desire to see their country reinforce its democracy, rule of law and judiciary," the spokesperson said in response to a question.