Government will not yield to “small groups who terrorise and vandalise public spaces”: President

President Mohamed Nasheed has said the government will always respect the people’s voice but will not cave under the pressures of small groups who terrorise and vandalise public spaces.

Speaking a ceremony informing islanders of upcoming development projects in Laamu Atoll Gan, the President declared that street violence will not bring down the government – a statement he claimed was especially clear to himself and his party (Maldivian Democratic Party/MDP).

Referring to the series of anti-government protests which have persisted on Male’ for nearly three weeks, the President said the protesters’ call to release Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed from Special Forces custody stemmed from their frustration with losing power.

He added that the opposition’s attempt to regain power by taking to the streets is a hindrance to national development, further stating that the protests are an abuse of the people’s constitutional right to free expression.

Instead, he requested constructive criticism from disgruntled parties.

Observing that many of the Maldives’ sectors are comprised of educated professionals, he regretted that the judicial courts had not been established along similar lines.

President Nasheed also indicated that all the institutions in every sector of the country comprised of well educated and trained professionals, but expressed his regret stating that he has been unable to elevate the judicial courts to similar standards.

“Our aim is to appoint qualified and responsible Judges to our court houses similar to the standards of the social and economic institutions in the nation,” Nasheed said.


President surveys schools, sewerage and courts in Laamu Atoll

President Mohamed Nasheed today met with Isdhoo Island Council while visiting the island, one of several stops on his tour of Laamu Atoll.

Among the topics addressed was improving educational standards by making the island school a single-session school.

The President also discussed linking Isdhoo and nearby Dhanbidhoo with a causeway, and inspected the island’s health centre, school and the construction site of the magistrate court.

Today, the President also launched the Fonadhoo Sewerage System.

This evening, islanders are invited to the presentation “Kolhumadulu Hadhdhunmathi – Tharaqqee ge Kulavaru” on Gan island, which intends to inform the people of the government’s plans for atoll development.

The Laamu tour is scheduled to include meetings with the local island councils and the opening of a mid-market resort and diving village on Gan.