Maldives in still mode

MDP mass protest

Posted in News, Photojournalism, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 18, 2012

Maldives Democratic Party (MDP)’s Mass protest calling for the resignation of President Dr. Waheed and to hold early presidential elections at Lonuziyaaraih Kolhu. Large numbers of people have gathered at the protest. 17th February 2012.

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Maldives News on International media

Posted in News, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 14, 2012
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President Nasheed’s article on The New York Times

Posted in News, Opinion, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 9, 2012

” I learned this lesson quickly. My country, the Maldives, voted out President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, its iron-fisted ruler, back in 2008, in historic elections that swept away three decades of his authoritarian rule. And yet the dictatorship bequeathed to the infant democracy a looted treasury, a ballooning budget deficit and a rotten judiciary……

The problems we are facing in the Maldives are a warning for other Muslim nations undergoing democratic reform. At times, dealing with the corrupt system of patronage the former regime left behind can feel like wrestling with a Hydra: when you remove one head, two more grow back. With patience and determination, the beast can be slain. But let the Maldives be a lesson for aspiring democrats everywhere: the dictator can be removed in a day, but it can take years to stamp out the lingering remnants of his dictatorship.”

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President Mohamed Nasheed resigns after police mutiny

Posted in News, Politics by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 8, 2012

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives resigned on Tuesday after weeks of protests erupted into a police mutiny, leaving the man widely credited with bringing democracy to the paradise islands accused of being as dictatorial as his predecessor.

Nasheed handed power over the Indian Ocean archipelago to Vice-President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, who was sworn in in the afternoon, explaining that continuing in office would result in his having to use force against the people.

“I resign because I am not a person who wishes to rule with the use of power,” he said in a televised address. “I believe that if the government were to remain in power it would require the use of force which would harm many citizens.”

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Maldives president quits after cops mutiny

Posted in News by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 7, 2012

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives resigned on Tuesday after weeks of protests erupted into a police mutiny, leaving the man widely credited with bringing democracy to the paradise islands accused of being as dictatorial as his predecessor.

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