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Maldives: Majlis Elections: Ruling Coalition Gets a Comfortable Majority:

Paper No: 5671                       Dated 24-Mar-2014
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Preliminary results in the just concluded Parliamentary Elections (Majlis), showed that the government aligned candidates secured a comfortable majority with 46 seats and the MDP securing only 19 with other independents managing 4 seats so far.

Maldives: The Supreme Court Strikes Again:

Paper No. 5664                 Dated 12-Mar-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Supreme Court in Maldives has struck again and this time it is against the Election Commission who had displayed high professionalism in conducting the Presidential and later the local council elections against heavy odds.

The Tyrrany of the Supreme Court

Maldives: Foreign Minister Dunya Defends the Judiciary in UNHCR Meeting:

Paper No. 5659                           Dated 5-Mar-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In a direct attack on the Commissioner of UNHCR, Dunya Maumoon in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Commission, called on the international community to refrain from undermining the Maldivian Judicial system. She said on 3 March 2014- " We request international partners and supporters-We request you to contribute constructively in overcoming our challenges. We urge you not to undermine our judicial system."

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.


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