Nasheed Won’t Seek Asylum

- thesundayleader.lk

INSIDE STORY

  • Former Maldivian President appeals for support from Sri Lankan public

By Easwaran Rutnam

Nasheed injured in Male

Ousted Maldivian President Mohammad Nasheed says he will not seek asylum in Sri Lanka despite his family being here, but instead will continue his fight for democracy in his country.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader yesterday the 42 year old former President also known as “Anni Zindabad” said that the international community must act now before it is too late.
The Maldives was in a state of turmoil last week after Nasheed was forced to resign as President following weeks of protests against his decision to sack Abdulla Mohamed the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court.
The former President sustained head injuries when he and his supporters were attacked by police during a protest rally following his resignation. Television images later showed Nasheed being dragged away by the police.
“I will continue my fight in the Maldives. I will not give up. I cannot leave. My family is in Sri Lanka but I will not leave now,” Nasheed, the first democratically elected President in the Maldives, told The Sunday Leader.
Nasheed’s family sought refuge in Sri Lanka and President Mahinda Rajapaksa later appealed to the New Maldivian President Mohammed Waheed Hassan to ensure the safety of Nasheed.
“President Rajapaksa and I are very close friends and he has been making inquires about my safety and I am very grateful for that,” Nasheed said.
Nasheed also made a fervent appeal to the Sri Lankan community to support his cause and be with him at this time as his country faces a serious crisis.
“I was raised and lived most of my life in Sri Lanka. I would like to appeal to all my Sri Lankan friends, not just the Maldivians in Sri Lanka, to support me at this time,” he said.
Nasheed has called for fresh elections and demanded President Mohammed Waheed Hassan to step down and hand power to the speaker of the parliament for two months, until elections can be held though the next presidential poll is due only in November 2013.
“The new government cannot form a proper cabinet. President Waheed does not have the support he needs even in parliament,” a defiant Mohammed Nasheed said.
Waheed was the Vice President of the Maldives and took office as president following Nasheed’s resignation. Nasheed says he resigned under duress.
“It was a coup. I was forced out of office. The police were outside and the military inside. I was deposed at gunpoint” Nasheed had told reporters last week.
On Friday UN envoy Oscar Fernandez-Taranco met Nasheed and discussed the crisis in the Maldives. Asked about the discussion, Nasheed told The Sunday Leader that it was fruitful but reiterated that the international community must act now.
He is appealing to the International Community to help restore democracy in the now turbulent and politically volatile archipelago.

You may also like

- adaderana.lk

Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha says that measures will be taken to include Information Communication Technology (ICT) into the G.C.E. Ordinary Level syllabus as a core subject via the Education reform process.

- colombogazette.com

The Government has assured the restoration of food security through the 2023 budget. State Minister of Finance, Shehan Semasinghe said that the budget places more focus on the poor and the people who are under various economic pressures. “With this budget we expect to provide relief and the restoration of food security and livelihood of […]

- colombogazette.com

A man has been charged with murder after a mother-of-three, originally from Sri Lanka, was stabbed to death in her home at Sandhurst in Melbourne’s south-east. The 44-year-old woman’s daughter rushed to her neighbours for help, but her mother could not be saved. In CCTV footage, the daughter can be heard knocking on her neighbours’ […]

- adaderana.lk

The Department of Meteorology has today (Dec. 04) issued an advisory for severe lightning with effect for the period until 11.00 p.m. on December 04, 2022.

- colombogazette.com

The Paris Club creditor nations are proposing a 10-year moratorium on Sri Lankan debt and another 15 years of debt restructuring as a formula to resolve the current financial crisis in the Island nation. While the Paris Club is still to formally reach out to India and China, two of Sri Lanka’s biggest creditors with […]

- colombogazette.com

President Ranil Wickremesinghe says it is time to let the wounds of the past to heal or let it grow further. He says the ethnic, religious issues and other genuine concerns of the people could be put behind to prevent a break up of unity and integrity of the state by the 75th Independence Anniversary […]

Entertainment:View All

Technology:View All

Local News

Local News

Sri Lanka News

@2022 - All Right Reserved. Designed and Developed by Rev-Creations, Inc