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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

Maldives opposition wants exiled Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed in 2018 pres race

London, 11 February, (Asiantribune.com):

Exiled Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed said on Thursday he would return to the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago to contest a 2018 presidential election and called for international pressure on the government to allow him to run.

In the meantime former vice president and coalition head Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed said that former president Mohamed Nasheed would be allowed the opportunity to contest the next presidential elections through the efforts of the newly formed opposition coalition.

In a video message for the opening of a MUO office in neighboring Sri Lanka, the ex-VP reiterated that despite differences in opinion, the opposition had united for the country and its people.

Maldives United Opposition was established in London where key members of the opposition are in exile including Jameel and Nasheed.

Through our efforts I want to see president Nasheed given the opportunity to contest in the elections. That all politicians are given the chance to contest,” Jameel said.”

The Indian Ocean island nation has been mired in political unrest since Nasheed, its first democratically elected leader, was ousted in 2012. He was later sentenced to 13 years in jail on terrorism charges after a widely denounced trial.

Nasheed’s jailing on a terror charge last year was a key trigger of the current political crisis. He was allowed to leave the country in an internationally brokered deal in January.

Jameel had meanwhile fled to the UK last July days before he was impeached in a controversial vote. At the time, the Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla and former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim were already in jail.

Five rival opposition groups had announced a united front to remove President Abdulla Yameen from office.

The group brings together the Maldivian Democratic Party, the Adhaalath Party, two of Yameen’s former deputies Jameel and his successor Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor and his former defence minister Nazim.

Nasheed, Sheikh Imran Abdulla, and former Nazim were designated as advisors.

- Asian Tribune –

Lawyer Amal Clooney sits with Mohamed Nasheed during a news conference in central London
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