“No progress” in “disappointing” meeting with President Waheed, says MDP

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan this morning met with Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Parliamentary Group leader Ibrahim Mohamed ‘Ibu’ Solih, who has been representing the party at the India-sponsored all-party roadmap talks.

While a seven-point agenda – including the subject of early elections – was established during the roadmap talks, the order of preference was not, and the talks subsequently stalled with the withdrawal of the Dhivehi Rayithunge Party (DRP), Jumhoree Party (JP), Adhaalath Party (AP), and the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) following MDP’s disruption of Dr Waheed’s address to parliament.

The MDP has also been holding separate, closed-door talks with the DRP, after previously challenging the involvement of parties such as the PPM and AP, which it argued had no electoral mandate. Together the DRP and MDP control a two-thirds majority of parliament, capable of forcing through legislation, constitutional amendments and even impeachments.

In a statement to the media on Wednesday following his meeting with Dr Waheed, Solih said “I don’t believe the former Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed is willing to seek an agreement, that both parties can agree to through peaceful dialogue.”

Solih said the MDP was “concerned” about the current state of political affairs in the Maldives, and contended that despite criticism to the contary, had attended all meetings requested by the current administration “and worked hard to find a peaceful solution [to the current political crisis].”

“No progress” was made in the meeting with Waheed, the party stated.

“It is disappointing that former Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik does not seem prepared to find a peaceful means to achieve a solution that is acceptable to all,” said Solih.

Dr Waheed’s Press Secretary Masood Imad referred Minivan News to Dr Waheed’s spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza, who was not responding at time of press.

Speaker of the Majlis Abdulla Shahid meanwhile declared that parliament would reconvene on Monday March 19, despite the failure to reach an agreement with the MDP. The party’s MPs barricaded themselves inside the chamber on March 1, preventing Shahid from entering and Dr Waheed from giving the presidential address.

That evening, Shahid held a press conference and announced he had cancelled the session because he was unable enter the chamber despite several attempts, and on one occasion had fallen and injured himself. Given the current political tensions, Shahid said he was unable to guarantee the safety of members and had decided to proceed through negotiation, rather than force.

MDP has not made any official announcements on what it plans to do, however one grassroots MDP supporter said following the failure of negotiations, the party would continue to block “the coup leader” from addressing parliament.


14 thoughts on ““No progress” in “disappointing” meeting with President Waheed, says MDP”

  1. Well, they are going to have the opening session of the Parliament on Monday.
    We will have to wait and see the MDP specimens' display inside the Parliament again.
    Hope they will behave well on Monday.

  2. Of course, Ranjan Mathai has no work in India. So he will come to visit us every now and then.
    May be I should make him the CEO of my company.
    Then he will at least have some real work to do.

  3. The pied piper (Anni) should be exposed for what he is doing to the country.


  4. When Is This Idiot Going To Dissapear From Maldive Society? Its Sickening To see This Bastard. I think People Need To Chuck Him Out By The Neck!There Is No Decency Or Human Values In This Man; He Is An Absolute Puppet!Greedy And Trying To Hang On!

  5. I seriously doubt that MDP have the wits about them to work "together" with DRP. Had they done this even 6 months ago, things will be very different today.

    Now that the crest has fallen off MDP, there is perhaps a chance that more saner minds will prevail.

  6. If Thasmeen had worked together with MDP, we could have avoided so much of the chaos we are experiencing today. Look at DRP, they've lost another MP; Maseeh to PPM. There's a reason why they don't hold any meetings. There's simply no one to attend DRP meetings. Thasmeen just don't see this.

    Next MP to go will be Azim. When we talk about PPM we are talking about a 30 year old brutal dictatorship that will stop at nothing. Azim is shouldering most of Thasmeen's debts and it'll be very easy for PMM to gt hold of such people with threats.

    Having said that I wouldn't be surprised if some MPs from MDP start to defect to other parties. When there's no loyalty to the people this is what happens.

  7. Dear Yoga,

    You are very wrong about what you see in politics in Maldivs. Nasheed and gayoom are both brutal dictators! Its not just Gayoom. MDP is now doom to fail as it has no values and principles that it stands for. MDP is a party thats hijacked my Mariya, Rekko Moosa and few other corrupt individuals that migrated from gayoom times in hope for a greater wealth! History is repeating in much sad way as Nasheed failed to deliver as he was too much in drinks and Mariya and Rekko's wims!

  8. MDP had lost all the opportunities. Had Nasheed's and Reeko, changed their stubborness attitude today DRP would be in coalition with MDP cos Thasneem would be happy to silence his debts with BML.
    MDP has failed in everyway, Nasheed has betrayed the party and the people who supported him all because he wanted shock "The People".
    Now Nasheed is suffering from Antisocial personality disorder

    Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others. This behavior is often criminal.

    A person with antisocial personality disorder may:

    Be able to act witty and charming

    Be good at flattery and manipulating other people’s emotions

    Break the law repeatedly

    Disregard the safety of self and others

    Have problems with substance abuse

    Lie, steal, and fight often

    Not show guilt or remorse

    Often be angry or arrogant

  9. You call Baaghee Leader, the "President"? You guys suck big time. You're one of the reasons why our President had to resign.

  10. WAHEED! YOU NAUGHTY BOY! Share with your brothers!

    Seriously, Dr. Waheed, are you not bold enough, or are you not honest enough, or are you not loving or intelligent enough to confront the real reasons for excessive political violence here.

    I believe you are capable of so much more than this, please prove me right!

    Read a few of these comments on minivan! So much anger and hatred can only have its routes in fear. It seems that becoming aggressive yourself is the only way to eradicate the anxiety that aggression causes, the cycle has to be broken, but it can't be broken through aggression!

    It can only be overcome through soul power, Ahimsa, Jihad Al-Naffs, call it what you will, but I am talking about non-violent resistance and the spirit from which it is derived - UNIVERSAL SELF SACRIFICIAL LOVE FOR ALL!

  11. If Waheed wants to stay in power,he should take lessons from Gayoom. Play the Islamic card. Declare
    himself defender of faith next to the prophet, promise public free education free healthcare etc after next election. Eventually consolidate power like Gayoom over the years. Surround himself with paid yes men, women and judges. LONG LIVE THE DEMOCRACY IN MALDIVES!


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