Nasheed demands President resignation

Maldives re-vote:Ex-President wants caretaker govt led by Speaker to oversee fresh polls.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Male | Published:October 21, 2013 2:08 am

Enraged by the 11th-hour postponement of the presidential revote,ousted Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed Sunday demanded that incumbent Mohammed Waheed must resign and allow a caretaker government led by the speaker to oversee fresh polls before the November 11 deadline.

“The only prudent way forward,and possible solution for the situation,is for Dr Waheed to resign today and the Speaker of Parliament to take over government before November 11 and until the election,” Nasheed said.

“We don’t see any reason why there should be any more negotiation on an election date or any such issue,but rather we feel Dr Waheed should resign,and Abdulla Shahid take over,” said 46-year-old Nasheed,the leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) who got over 45 per cent votes in first round of the polls which were cancelled by the Supreme Court.

The re-vote was blocked at the last minute by police Saturday,plunging the country into fresh political turmoil and sparking protests by supporters of Nasheed.

“We now feel it is impossible to have an election with Dr Waheed as president,Mohamed Nazim as Defence Minister and Abdulla Riyaz as the Commissioner of Police,” he was quoted as saying by the Minivan News.

Asked whether the MDP would take part in polls without Waheed’s resignation,Nasheed replied,“If he doesn’t,you can be rest assured that there won’t be an election. They might announce it,but there won’t be an election.”

Addressing a rally Saturday night,Nasheed had said: “I will not stop,I will remain steadfast. My hope,my sincere appeal to all Maldivian citizens is to do all we can to remove Baagee (traitor) Waheed from power,to arrest him and jail him.”,and then capture long term,unelected military power,” the ousted President added.

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