President Waheed will not hold talks with Nasheed “as long as MDP protests continue”

President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan will not participate in the All-Party talks while the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) continues to back on going street protests in the capital, the President’s Office has said.

The talks were conceived as one of two internationally-backed mechanisms – alongside the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) – to resolve the political deadlock in the Maldives following the controversial transfer of power on February 7. The Convenor of the All-Party talks, Ahmed Mujuthaba, on July 12 announced that a series of “high-level” discussions will be held between President Waheed and the leaders of the largest political parties after sixteen previous attempts had resulted in “no breakthrough.”

However, President Waheed’s Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza condemned MDP’s ongoing street protests as an “act of terrorism” today, and said “political leaders do not wish to hold talks with the MDP holding a gun to their heads.”

In response, MDP Spokesperson Imthiyaz Fahmy said “Dr Waheed’s participation in the All-Party talks is not important to the MDP.”

“Waheed’s political party does not have the required number of members to qualify as a political party. Further, his party does not have a single seat in the parliament or in the local councils. Therefore he is not significant to the All-party talks,” Fahmy said.

The opposition party has vowed that the protests, which started on July 8, will continue until an early election date is announced, Fahmy said.  The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and other international groups have also backed calls to have electons before the end of 2012. However, President Waheed has insisted that July 2013 is the earliest date elections can be held under the constitution.

Meanwhile, Nasheed yesterday offered to apologise to former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom for accusing  him of masterminding the change of government, were the leader of 30 years to agree to participate in the the All Party Talks.

Gayoom had accused Nasheed of continuously making baseless comments about him in both the local and the international community, particularly that the former President had masterminded a coup d’état on February 7. “I do not wish to sit down and negotiate with such a person,” Gayoom said.

Nasheed has also pledged to engage in the All-Party talks despite the Prosecutor General filing criminal charges against him for his alleged role in detaining Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed in January.

“Even if they imprison me, I am willing to take part in the talks even while in prison,” he said in a speech on Sunday night.

“No breakthrough”

The last round of the UN-mediated talks, held at Vice President Waheed Deen’s Bandos Island Resort and Spa in early June, collapsed after parties aligned with the government presented the ousted Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) with a list of 30 demands.

The list included calls that the MDP “stop practicing black magic and sorcery”, “stop the use of sexual and erotic tools”, and “not walk in groups of more than 10”.

Also demanded during the talks were that the MDP “not keep crows and other animals in public areas”, “not participate in protests in an intoxicated condition“, and “not defame the country both domestically and internationally”.

In a statement on July 12, Mujuthaba acknowledged that the 16 hours of talks at Bandos had resulted in “no breakthrough” and required a “fresh approach.”

Mujuthaba subsequently met separately with President Waheed and leaders of the country’s largest political parties to discuss the prospect of continuing the talks. Political leaders had agreed in principle to the need for high-level talks, Mujuthaba said.

“They have expressed a strong and shared belief in dialogue as the best way to address the challenges facing our nation. They agree that there are deep-rooted divisions and problems that must be resolved jointly if the Maldives is to continue on its democratic path,” Mujuthaba stated.

“In the end, the most senior political leaders will need to create an atmosphere conducive to discussions, and come together prepared to work in good faith,” he concluded.

No date has yet been set for the next round of talks. However the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI), set up to investigate the transfer of power, is due to release its findings at the end of August, following a one-month delay.


In an official statement on Sunday, Nasheed offered an apology to Gayoom and invited the former president to participate in the All-Party talks. Nasheed argued his allegations that Gayoom had masterminded the coup were based on public statements made by Gayoom and those closely affiliated with him politically, including his family members – many of whom now hold senior positions in government.

A few days before Nasheed was deposed, “President Gayoom stated that it was time to bring an end to the government entrusted upon me in my capacity as President of Maldives, and that the instigation of the enterprise was already overdue,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, Vice President of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Umar Naseer had on many occasions stated that he had personally staged and directed the coup from “the command centre”.

“Naseer also met with my Vice President, Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik (now President) prior to the coup, along with all parties affiliated with the 23rd December coalition, and implored Dr Waheed to take over the post of the President of the Republic on the sole condition that having usurped the presidency, he would refuse to resign from his post,” Nasheed said.

Nasheed also highlighted that statements from MPs now aligned with the government, including PPM MP Ilham Ahmed and Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MP Riyaz Rasheed, had expressed gratitude to Gayoom and his family following the toppling of Nasheed’s government. Further, Gayoom’s daughter and family members, being “part and parcel to the current coup government”, had “attained high offices within it,” the statement noted.

Gayoom had never denied that he had committed these actions on behalf of the political party to which he belonged, nor had he condemned any of the “aforementioned actions”.

“Nevertheless, in a predicament such as we are, and whilst the people of Maldives are overtly distressed by what has transpired after the coup, I have come to know that President Gayoom has said that he would sit with me for dialogue in the event I apologise for stating that it was he who instigated this coup,” Nasheed said.

Nasheed said he “firmly believed” that the powers of the Maldivian state were vested with the Maldivian people and should remain as such.

“Given that not for a single moment would I wish for someone unelected by the people of Maldives to entertain himself as leader to them, I believe now is the time for all parties to come forth in support of the best interest of the nation and its citizens, and as such, if President Gayoom indeed was not party to the coup, I have decided to apologise to President Gayyoom for the fact that I said he was behind this coup,” Nasheed concluded.

Nasheed also thanked facilitator of All Party Talks, Ahmed Mujuthaba, for “all the efforts” exerted by him to ensure that the negotiations succeeded.


22 thoughts on “President Waheed will not hold talks with Nasheed “as long as MDP protests continue””

  1. Fili waheed you are a NO BODY in politics or rather anything, now go and ask grandpa golha if can go for a pee in the toilet.

  2. is he required to attend the talks among political leaders? which political party does waheed represent? do they have any elected members? did any one invite him at all?

  3. The dictator Anni had been misleading the public and the international community through out and this guy is smart enough to use " religion" to become infamous.

    The guy was never able to tell much truth and idiot does always opposite of what he says. One can not trust this guy.

    It is worthless to have a dialogue with the idiot but rather need to talk to MDP genuine loyal members like Ibu .

    People like Ibu need to come up and start to lead the team. Now it is high time for him to say no to oppression.

  4. Mr Gasim could you please take Dr Waheed to Paradise Island and give him a full body massage. He looks tired and delusional, if it goes on for too long he will quit again and leave Maldives.

  5. How can this demented fool prevent people from exercising freedom of speech granted by our constitution! Dream on Coup idiot! We will protest until we can elect our president. your not elected and hold no political value!

  6. Does Dr.Waheed matter?

    May be, but not in Maldives politics.

    Minivan News has been generous to him in giving media space. Secret deal?

  7. i lost my vote when the dictator Anni abolished his coalition within 90 days from his coalition and now i got my vote back.

    You damn idiots does not know that i have also voted Dr. waheed along with the dictator too.

    What about our rights and it is not enough to talk about rights of MDP thugs alone.

  8. {In response, MDP Spokesperson Imthiyaz Fahmy said “Dr Waheed’s participation in the All-Party talks is not important to the MDP.”}

    This sounds very confident of solving the problems without Prez Waheed who commands the executive branch with or without any party.

    Go ahead with all party talks without Waheed & Maumoon (both have decided not to participate) and see if these "talks" bear any fruit. Good luck!

  9. it's good. keep protests going. Dr Waheed is a political pawn, who have masters controlling him behind the scenes. He does not have any elected seats in parliament or even in a local council. Plus his party lacks the minimum number of people and has not carried out a political activity (apart from himself being a figurehead and a puppet to a coup).

    It is better to talk to his masters rather than a pawn.

  10. MP Ali Waheed likened him indirectly to a "selhlhi" (a small insect) today. haha. Such is Dr Waheed's place in Maldives politics. Talks better off without a selhlhi.

  11. Lets all keep things in perspective and not be blown away out of proportion just because Waheed says something.

    The focus is on establishing whether we have a good enough government in place to rule this country and take it out of this mess we are in right now.

    The clear and resonating answer is NO!

    How and who has the best chance of giving the public a government it deserves.

    Not Waheed - he has already proven he has no control
    not maumoon - him back in the seat will be rewinding maldives back to the dark ages
    therefore, leaving only Anni as the contender who still has a vague hope of doing something for this country.

  12. Who wants to talk to a an interim Puppet President...the one of its kind i think...

  13. black fili waheed is as corrupt as gayoom. we need to make a petition against this tyrant with a phd and send it to the university where he studied.

  14. Mohamed Fazi.

    You are correct mauomoon need to be removed from the equation and also Anni need to be removed. Both of them are no good and they both had robbed this country.

    May be Dr. waheed will be better and he had shown the highest calibre of being a President and he is much better in handling the situation than the other two dictators.

  15. Mode, you refer to President Nasheed as a dictator and yet you are supporting a coup government....that's rather hypocritical eh...and if you want to talk about lost votes, why don't you ask the people who voted for President Nasheed what happened to their vote? That's what this is all about, the right to vote and the right to elect our President. Too much for you to understand eh?

  16. Waheed, please go on sulking as long as you like...only your wife will worry about it.

  17. Mr Coup President. You are accusing MDP of violence. What about police brutality! Have you ever condemned their actions! Your pathetic and partial and you discriminate Maldivians belonging to MDP. Your almost an equal to South African Apartheid President and Hitler, if you consider a certain group of people who resist your coup regime deserving punishment

  18. Mariyam.

    Why the dictator Anni never counted the vote that he got to through the coalition ? Anni got only 25% of the vote and rest of votes were given for the coalition not for MDP .

    Once the dictator got his job secured, he kick out the people and claim that all those people who had voted for him in the second round is infect voted to him Which is not true and people like you are think that those voters voted to Anni but it those infect voted for a change and for the coalition.

    Anni in his second round campaign told " People of Maldives had made it very clear for me that I myself can not win and i should rather form coalition " . What the hack is this ?

    As usual the traitors will never be honest and will try to find excuses to eliminate what ever he does not like.


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