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Maldives: The Supreme Court Strikes Again

Paper No. 5650                                     Dated 19-Feb-2014
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
I had mentioned many times before that the Judiciary in the Maldives is the weakest link in Maldives’ march to democracy.  This view is confirmed once again when the Supreme Court suo motu issued notices to the Election Commission members last week for contempt of court and disobedience of orders on an event that occurred four months ago! 
 

Maldives: Local Council Elections and other Developments:

Paper No. 5640                                    Dated 30-Jan-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Elections to the Local councils took place on Jan 18 and the results announced indicate that there has been no significant shift in the loyalties of the people from that of the Presidential elections.

Maldives: President Yameen: Problems being faced in settling down

Paper No. 5627                                      Dated 1-Jan-2014
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
In settling down, it was expected that President Yameen would face many challenges.  For him the first and foremost would be to get along with other coalition partners, particularly with the Jumhooree party but for whose support he would not be in the Presidential chair.  
 

Maldives: President Yameen on a “Conciliatory Mode.” But will it last?

Paper No:  5613                                      Dated 28-Nov-2013
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
Soon after he took over, the first thing President Yameen did was to take a swipe at the losing candidate Mohamed Nasheed, by declaring that “People have proved that they do not want a puppet of foreign powers.”
 
Better sense prevailed and soon he quickly made some conciliatory gestures to make up for that indiscreet statement.
 

Maldives Throws a Surprise in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5604                      Dated 17-Nov-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Though not totally unexpected, Maldives threw a surprise in electing Abdullah Yameen in the run off to the presidential elections held on November 16, 2013.

The elections saw an unprecedented polling of close to 90.3 percent with the PPM candidate Abdulla Yameen securing 110,371 votes ( 51.61 percent) as against Mohamad Nasheed of MDP gathering 48.39 percent with 103,500 votes.

Maldives: Supreme Court Intervenes Again in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5601         Dated 12-Nov- 2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It was a sad day for democracy in Maldives when the Supreme Court without much of a hearing or discussion of legal issues, annulled the resolution of Majlis ( Parliament) of the Speaker taking over the interim administration on 11th of November in the absence of an elected President and until a new incumbent is elected.

Maldives: Some Positive developments:

Paper No 5588           Dated 20-Oct-2013

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Recent Developments in Maldives seem to have upset the international community and rightly so. When all the international observers termed the first and now annulled elections of September 7 as fair and credible, the Supreme Court took the extreme step of not only annulling the elections, but also giving specific guide lines to another constitutional body- here the Election Commission as to how the election should be conducted.

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