“President Yameen’s administration will fall in a coup,” says Nasheed

The presidential system of government in the Maldives is unstable and will result in more coup d’états, former President and opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has said.

“The presidential system in the Maldives has not brought about a secure government. There is no doubt of coups in the Maldives. President [Abdulla] Yameen’s administration will fall in a coup. It will be overthrown,” he told Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters at a rally in Malé on Sunday.

Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader in the Maldives, claims he was ousted in a coup just three years into his term in February 2012.

However, a Commonwealth backed Commission of National Inquiry  (CONI) called the transfer of power “legal and constitutional.”

The MDP subsequently expressed concern over the exclusion of key security personnel testimony while legal experts accused CONI of selectively gathering and acting upon evidence.

Nasheed said he was not suggesting the MDP would carry out the coup, but that those in power should not rule out a coup given the legitimisation of the February 2012 change of power and the Supreme Court’s silence on the matter.

“I am not by any means suggesting we will carry out a coup. The legitimate means of changing regimes has been demonstrated in 2012. The Supreme Court has demonstrated how to interpret the constitution. With that legitimacy, both ourselves and those in power, we should not rule out the possibility that another group may overthrow the government,” he said.

Nasheed once again proposed amending the constitution of the Maldives to a parliamentary system of government, especially in the aftermath of the dissolution of the ruling coalition.

Yameen’s Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) came to power with the backing of third placed candidate Gasim Ibrahim in November’s presidential polls.

Gasim had won 23.35 percent of the vote in the first round of presidential polls last year, and his eventual backing was crucial for the PPM’s win in the second round.

The PPM had gained 29.72 percent of the vote in the first round and narrowly won the election against Nasheed with 51.39 percent.

Gasim’s Jumhooree Party (JP) support was contingent on a 35 percent stake in government and a pledge to jointly contest March parliamentary polls.

The coalition fell apart in a dispute over which party should control the Majlis speaker position. Gasim narrowly lost the vote to PPM’s Abdulla Maseeh.

Nasheed himself required the backing of the JP and a number of smaller parties to win the presidential election of 2008. The coalition led by Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) also fell apart shortly after Nasheed assumed power.

Speaking to private broadcaster Raajje TV in May, Nasheed said he would work through the new parliament to amend the constitution and facilitate a transition to a parliamentary system.

“It is time for the system of governance in Maldives to be changed into a parliamentary system. When we move to a parliamentary system there won’t be any need to have a cabinet,” said Nasheed.

“The cabinet is very costly, we can cut down that as well [by moving to a parliamentary system]. What I want to say to President Maumoon is to think about how the Maldives has been governed in the past and what happened during the drafting of the constitution,” he was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Minivan News in February, Nasheed said: “Coalitions work in parliamentary systems where you can actually have ministers coming out from the parliament and therefore it’s possible to come to an arrangement. But when the cabinet is not in the parliament, an alliance doesn’t necessarily work.”

“The shuffling or the portions given to different parties are given from the cabinet, and the cabinet is a very superficial layer on the government. The actual essence is the parliament where you make the laws.”

Nasheed had raised the same issue during his presidency in July 2010 in response to difficulties in governance. At the time, Nasheed’s MDP controlled a minority in parliament while the then-opposition opposed and blocked several flagship laws.


11 thoughts on ““President Yameen’s administration will fall in a coup,” says Nasheed”

  1. MDP was decent enough to pursue legal means of dealing with the coup. But PPM won't extend the Maldivian citizens the same courtesy.

  2. There won't be a coup. The same thing won't be repeated again. It will be something different.

    Truth is, that the current regime does not represent the will of the people.

    Yameen is consolidating power. Look at the Majlis. JP members are now flocking to PPM. One party, one man rule is almost complete.

    As Gayyoom learned, that sort of hold on power cannot last forever.

  3. Way discuss this now; it would only make rumors and distrust. The country is running quite smooth at the moment, so way not pull the same way, and get the financial parts in order, round up extremists for schooling, educate them normal behavior and common sense.

  4. If Anni wants a parliamentary system he will get it, he is always six steps ahead so he says.

  5. A parliamentary system of government in a Sunni muslim nation? Are you serious?
    Will this work in a country where a few radical clerics impose their will upon the vast majority?
    The recently concluded elections in India.....551,000,000 votes counted in 91,000 polling stations over six weeks.....has been peaceful with a smooth transition of power. Compare that with your own chaotic presidential elections.....I lost the number of recounts!!
    We secular Indians have so much to teach you.
    When are you all going on Jihad to Iraq?

  6. Anni needs to learn which strings to pull and which one to let lie.

    He needs to pump up the camels, to destabilise the country.

    The level of corruption that exists in this 100% pure nation is overwhelming, The hypocritical pyranhas will move where the blood is. The team in now in power, knows how to pump blood.

    The hypocrites take money from all avenues, but would hesitate to go against the camels.

    He who knows how to herd the camels, controls the throne.

  7. Democracy is secular and therefore haram!

    We do not need a parliamentary system or a presidential system invented by the jahil kafirs. What good is democracy if it:
    1. Can't give me my jariyas
    2. Doesn't allow me to kill people because they are not the right kind of Muslims
    3. Says human life is sacrosanct, regardless of colour, gender and religion?

    What we need is an Islamic state governed by Sharia. All the sheikhs will run the government, of course, because only they know what G*d means and wants. The rest of us can kill ourselves for their glory!

  8. @MissIndia.

    Please stop meddling with Maldives and try to clear your now backyard.

    Try to advocate the rights of girls and women from raping.

    Try to advocate to protect the forced child labour before your open your mouth.

  9. @MissIndia Sexual-assault-capital-of-the world

    Uhm, a person from your nation insulting anyone after all that has happened recently is.. pot and the kettle much?

  10. @Miss india



    Pretty incredible. Condolences to the poor victims though. I get that horrible things like this happen everywhere, even here, but that is ridiculous.

    Thank God we dont live in India

  11. The reason I personally disagree with the MDP is because they're softies. Not exactly showing good leadership in a combat situation - but in terms of civilian leadership, they're unparalleled.

    Anyone got popcorn?


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