UN calls on Maldives to uphold democracy

Police working to hold off protesters outside the Criminal Court after arrested JP leader Qasim Ibrahim was brought to court to extend his remand. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Police working to hold off protesters outside the Criminal Court after arrested JP leader Qasim Ibrahim was brought to court to extend his remand. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

The United Nations called on the authorities of the Maldives to uphold the fundamentals of democracy in the island nation.

In a press conference, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric proclaimed that the UN is closely following the state of affairs of the Maldives and called on the government to uphold the principles of democracy and human rights accorded in the Constitution.

He urged all political leaders to hold talks and work peacefully to reach a solution for the current political upheaval in the archipelago.

Germany has also raised similar concerns and declared that the current deterioration of democracy in the Maldives does not bode well for the nation’s economic development.

Political tensions peaked when opposition leaders banded together to launch a reform against the government. In particular, the opposition coalition is actively working to change the speaker of the parliament.

While Police are summoning several opposition officials for interrogation into various accusations, Jumhoory Party’s leader Qasim Ibrahim was arrested last Thursday for allegedly bribing lawmakers to pass the no confidence vote against the parliamentary speaker. Following the arrest, the British Ambassador to the Maldives James Dauris has also voiced concerns over the situation of the nation.

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