Maldives “A new kind of coup”, says President’s Special Advisor Dr Hassan Saeed, in leaked audio recording

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan’s Special Advisor, Dr Hassan Saeed, has said in a second leaked audio clip that given the current situation in the Maldives, the change of government on February 7 was “a new kind of coup”.

In the audio clip, said to be recorded while he was speaking to the Maldivian students in the UK, Saeed states: ʺThis is how we observe coups in practice. So the Maldives [case] has become a new category of coup. You have a coup. Within twenty four hours you have the deposed President campaigning in the media with full protection.”

ʺSo, we have to add another new category of coup to the normal definition. Obviously this is different, different than the [coups] that I know of,” Saeed continues.

“The way the person who assumed power came in after the coup was different in this case. The way we treat a deposed President after a coup has also changed.”

At the end of the clip, Saeed suggests that the events of February 7 was a contribution from the Maldives to political science.

Dr Saeed and Dr Waheed’s Press Secretary, Masood Imad, had not responded to calls at time of press.

However speaking to local newspaper Haveeru, Saeed dismissed the claims that his remarks were an admission that the change of government was a coup.

“If it was a coup that was brought in the Maldives, then it is a new type of coup,” he told Haveeru.

ʺFor an example, after the coup in Pakistan, Bhutto [father of Benazir Bhutto] was hanged. After the Libya revolution, Gaddafi was killed. In Philippines, Marcos [Ferdinand] fled the country. But in the case of Maldives, I said such occurrences did not take place.

“If the change of government happened via a coup, the current president gets the protection of police and the military. Cabinet meetings are held. The President is able to meet the public. The former President gets protection. He is able to live within the people. Therefore if it was a coup, then it’s a whole new type of coup,ʺ  Saeed told Haveeru.

In another leaked audio recording yesterday, Dr Saeed described Dr Waheed as “politically the weakest person in the Maldives” with “a lot of legitimacy issues”.

Following that leak, President Waheed’s Press Secretary told Minivan News  that Dr Saeed has said he “had been played” and that the recording had been “taken out of context”.

Dr Saeed was the former Attorney General during Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s administration, before he resigned to contest the presidential election in 2008.

He came third in the race, but joined Mohamed Nasheed in the second round and became his special advisor after Nasheed won the presidency. He subsequently left the government and joined the opposition.

Transcript – Dr Hassan Saeed:

ʺCoup, most recently we saw the Egypt coup, Mubarak was ousted. Tunisia had a coup recently, and after that Gaddafi. If we even go further back, the case of Marcos [Ferdinand Marcos] of Philippines, he fled the country.

This is how we observe coups in practice. So the Maldives [case] has become a new category of coup. You have a coup. Within twenty four hours you have the deposed president campaign in the media with full protection.

When all these things happen, in parallel, the next president came in to power through a constitutional route. This is a unique case, which we have got to study ourselves.

So, we have to add another new category of coup to the normal definition. Obviously this is different, different than the things [coups] that I know of. This is different from the normal examples I know of.

And, the way the person who assumed power came in after the coup was different in this case. The way we treat a deposed president after a coup has also changed.

Actually, a Maldivian contribution to what type of science is this? Political science?

The thing is, this is a new case, this is a case that has to be studied.ʺ


30 thoughts on “Maldives “A new kind of coup”, says President’s Special Advisor Dr Hassan Saeed, in leaked audio recording”

  1. Something tells me when you open your mouth, you bluff out words just the way Reeko Moosa does. I think it would be better for Dr Waheed to get rid of you. The sooner the better. You are a selfish man who is hungry for president's seat. I don't think you are a sincere person with this country and its ordinary citizens Dr Saeed.

  2. Dr.Hassan, you are making a fool out of yourself! We, the majority, of the Maldivian know its a coup, that's the only reason we demand for an early election. We are not in Maumoon's era, not anymore. We have witnessed a rosy democracy under Presidnet Nasheed. We have seen how a Presidnet would deliver promises. We have seen how much effort Presidnet Nasheed has put to workout a fairer income distribution...we have seen a lot of miracles with Presidnet Nasheed. So we are NOT convinced that, he would just resign just like that.
    POLICE+MNDP+THE GANG = COUP. You are right, this would be a new definition!!

  3. cracks are starting to show in the best laid plans of unity government!

    The fact that hassan saeed's news is covered on haveeru also shows yamin's stand on the matter, he wants hassan saeed out. yameen and maumoon is still in full control of whats being published on the newspaper.

    poor pretty boy hassan saeed will have no where to run because MDP will no longer take him.

  4. True and Dr. Hassan Saeed is a different kind of an Adviser as well and perhaps a witch Doctor as well, Seriously, its about time these PhD. holder sat on there own mouth without opening it.

  5. Still editing eh?

    This is once again, an edited piece by bimbo former high commissioner farahanaz faizal. Recorded by chairman of msa-uk ahmed who happens to be married to farahanaz's relative who lives in uk.

    Bless you, bimbo farahanaz for your tireless efforts in running after power (money) rather than doing something good for the country with the manpower and resources. A true nationalist!

  6. Hassan Saeedh is trying his best to become a president of Maldives. its good if he could join with MDP. the only well established party in Maldives, with a strategic action plan.


  8. Bimbo farahanaz made this up huh? and what about Bimbo Hasan Saeed? He should really wear a mini skirt and lipstick. Bimbo Hassan you are such a pathetic loser!!! "Always appointed Never elected" quote MP Ali Waheed.Some advisor you are! Its not even a month and you start bitching!

  9. Hasan Saeed should go to hell. He is not as clever as he thinks.

    Every coup is different because every country is different.

    Vice President overthrowing the President is a classic Third World scenario.

    The new government does not dare touch the overthrown Mohamed Nasheed because he is so popular at home as well abroad.

    The coup leaders are weak. They are not strong. Nasheed has been overthrown by a large coalition of anti-MDP and anti-Nasheed forces.

    The coalition has been united for a single person. To overthrow MDP and Nasheed.

    Divisions among them will soon emerge.

    Waheed Show is a mere Puppet Show, an interlude before the real events that will matter.

    Only very stupid people invoke God and Religion in the field of politics.

    These people cannot grasp the social, political, economic and psychological struggles that matter.

    Dr Waheed, indeed, has a PhD. It looks very much like it. Of course, all Male is saturating with PhDs. Both men and women. PhDs are cheap and worthless.

  10. What Dr Hassan Saeed, said is true for 1000%. If these people bring a coup Maldives will suffer and Maldives will be almost killed, as we are living depending on Tourism and bit Fish exports and aids from foreign countries. So THEY DON'T WANT TO BRING A COUP LIKE OTHER COUNTRIES AND THEY BROUGHT DIFFERENT TYPE OF COUP. POLICE + MILITARY + POWER HUNGRY POLITICIAN GET TOGETHER AND BROUGHT THE COUP, AND AFTER THEY KEEP V.PRESIDENT AS PRESIDENT TO BLIND FOLD THE FOREIGN COUNTRIES. THIS IS THE ACTUAL, WHAT HAPPENED IN MALDIVES.

  11. Dear readers. Please wait and see the coming election, than you will see how much present government is UNITED. They will split and each and other will contest for Presidency. They came to understand if they don't throw Mr Nassed's government before the coming election, they have no chance at all to be in power as Mr Nassed's government fulfilling all of their manifesto to the hilt.

  12. Oh ppl pls. who cared what this guy said. Although in this case i do think it is bit taken out of context.

  13. I was told by some one who was there in that meeting that this audio was orchestrated by Dr. Haulath Mohamed who wants deputy high commissioner position in UK.It's a shame on Dr.Haulath and also Dr. Hassan to back stab. Such filthy politicians!!

  14. According to Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, coup is “a sudden illegal, often violent, taking of government power, especially by (part of) an army".

    It’s not necessary, therefore, that the ousted leader or ruler is killed for a coup to be a coup. If the power is taken unlawfully by the use of force or power, military or otherwise, it is a coup.

  15. Who gave this guy a PHD? And waheedh? And mahfool, oops not mahfool- he was kicked out of majeedhiyya dont have a degree neither a olevelS- but still smarter than hassan saeed

  16. This man is clearly infected with serious condition. i.e., spinning words to a level of a disease. Some may even called is delusional. How on earth, my dear Dr. can this be a new classification of a coup. Don't be surprised if this Doctor defends a day light robbery murder as a new kind of a misdemeanour in a court.

    Typically it is Dr. Shaheed who spins language concepts to this level. If Dr. Shaheed said this, that in itself would be a major coup.

  17. Dr Hassan's "A New Kind" or "Unique" coup represents the way majority of coups are carried out.

    Shallow narrow-minded dimwits like him of course only hear of the few sensationalized ones where the deposed Leader is killed or exiled.

  18. The so called democrat Nasheed respects democracy when he is not president.When he is in office he "persuades" opposition MPs to join his party by corrupt means,arrests opposition leaders and keeping them in military detention,locking the Supreme Court,giving multi million dollar projects to friends thru corrupt means and kidnapping judge in the middle of the night using the army.He also got rid of his entire cabinet one day.
    So, I have no sympathy for Nasheed.But I support his policy of universalizing alcohol in Maldives,pursuing friendly relations with Israel and trying to allow other religions etc. I trust Dr Waheed will continue these good policies.

  19. Dr.hassan is also a new kinda human, he could either be an alien or may be something which is in human form.this thing is very difficult to understand. We have to do a research on his genetic coding.could be a very rare breed.

  20. We've got to hand it to Dr Saeed. He must hold the record for backstabbing in this country. Can't fault the guy though. Despite his unrepentent behaviour, he's still in demand as a "special advisor" to key politicians.

    I can't help feeling that Nasheed did spoil the good fortune of his party. After all, MDP did eventually garner a majority in Parliament. They were also becoming successful with a number of key policies with large public support.

    However, Nasheed continued to jump into blunder after blunder starting with the arrest of Yamin and Gasim. I do not really understand how Nasheed could not see that those things will eventually backfire on him.

    Maybe he was politically naive or was pursuaded by very naive people around him. He's paying the price of those mistakes now.

  21. hehe yeh hassan saeed admits a coup and now mndf Farahath (ROY) also resigned. what a joke. this is not stone age u cant survive a coup.

  22. you all still believe the ex-president Nasheed is telling the truth? F...! We Great Thinking Maldivians need to wake up before the liar and his few followers spread a new kind of religion to this country.. I fear Allah, that something extra ordinary might happen to the liars (former president Nasheed, and his close flowers). May Allah Grant us wisdom and May Allah protect this Nation from the evil minded hypocrites, Aameen.

  23. Dr.Hassan is a new kind of human species, discovered in Maldives.

    What is the name given to study of human species? With the Dr.Hassan discovery Maldives makes its mark on world of scientific discoveries.

  24. Am damn sure that the professors who taught Dr. Hassan, Dr. Jameel and Dr. Waheed would really be ashamed to produce such fools as their students!!!!!!! I think their certificates and cliams for education needs authentication!


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