Maldivian Dy President meets with President Rajapaksa
A special message from Maldives President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan was today handed over to his counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo.
The message was handed over by Deputy President of Maldives Mohamed Waheed Deen who also briefed the President about the appointment of an national commission to probe the recent events.
Maldives High Commissioner in Colombo, Hussain Shihab told a news conference in Colombo that the manner in which the government was changed in Maldives and the recent violence will be probed.
Earlier in the day the Maldives President’s Office stated that the commission was established to make “an independent impartial investigation” into the change of power and surrounding protests.
President Waheed nominated three members to the commission: former minister of defence and national security during President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s administration Ismail Shafeeu, Gayoom’s former minister of tourism and the first president of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) Ahmed Mujthaba, and Dr Ibrahim Yasir.
Shafeeu was nominated to chair the commission. Mujthaba is also chairing the cross-party talks concerning Dr Waheed’s “Roadmap for a Possible Way Forward”, which the MDP has boycotted due to the involvement of un-elected parties without a democratic mandate.
President Waheed has also requested Prosecutor General Ahmed Muizz oversee the legality of the inquiries and investigations as per the article 223 (d) of the constitution.
The commission has been given the mandate to compile a full report on the outcome of the investigation and submit it the President, the Prosecutor General and the Attorney General – Gayoom’s former lawyer, Azima Shukoor.