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Maldives: Turbulence Ahead: India to watch out

Paper No. 5875                              Dated 21-Feb-2015

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Political turbulence has again started in Maldives - a situation reminiscent of 2012 when former president Nasheed was coerced to resign from his post. 

The opposition parties mainly the MDP and the Jumhooree have joined together to start a movement called “save the constitution” and Male is witnessing night marches and protests for the last few days again reminiscent of the 2012 days.

Maldives: Moving Towards Despotism

Paper No. 5865                                 Dated 28-Jan-2015

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The signs are getting stronger- Maldives appears to be moving towards despotism.  The latest in the series is the sudden and hurried sacking of the Defence Minister after a raid of his premises by the Police. 

What should be worrying is not of President Yameen consolidating his position but the sinister way by which he is going about it by disregarding all constitutional norms.

Maldives: Removal of Inconvenient Judges- Another set back to Democracy

Paper No. 5847                  Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 15th  December, President Yameen sacked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ahmed Faiz and another Judge Muthasim Adnan on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission and approved by the Majlis all within a space of five days.

Article 154 of the Constitution states that a judge can be removed only after the Judicial Service Commission finds the judge to be guilt of gross incompetence or misconduct.  

Maldives and the Islamic State:

Paper No. 5841                     Dated 9-Dec-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Since September this year, former President Nasheed has been repeatedly pointing out that “Radical Islam” is getting very strong in Maldives.  He made another significant observation recently that the strength of radical Islamists is increasing in the military and the Police. This should be of concern not only to Maldives, but also two of its neighbouring countries- India and Sri Lanka. 

Maldives: Its Size, Strategic Importance and Vulnerability:

Paper No. 5821         Dated 14-Nov-2014
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
In reply to a question by the opposition MP Ahmed Nashid whether joining the Chinese initiative  of Maritime Silk Route would adversely affect the relations with the neighbouring countries, the Foreign Minister Dunya said that Maldives, as an independent and sovereign nation, is not obliged to consult other countries before making foreign policy.
 

Maldives: The Tyranny of the Judiciary-The Supreme Court Strikes Again.

Paper No. 5805                                     Dated 16-Oct-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It may be recalled that the Judiciary in Maldives on the eve of the parliamentary polls in March this year framed charges against the Chairman of the Election Commission and his deputy with contempt of court and went on to dismiss them from their jobs.

Maldives: President Yameen Threatens the Opposition on Independence Day

Paper No. 5761                                     Dated 7-Aug-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
A country that is still struggling with its democratic credentials, it was a surprise to see President Yameen threatening the main opposition for criticising his policies which he says amounts to a threat to Maldivian independence! 
 

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