Zaki ends 'self-exile,' returns to Maldives

Fazeena Ahmed, Haveeru Online
Aug 12, 2013 - 05:00 1 comment
  • Special Envoy to former President Mohamed Nasheed, Ibrahim Hussain Zaki speaks to reporters after arrivibng in Male on Monday. HAVEERU PHOTO/ NASRULLA SOLIH

Special envoy to former President Mohamed Nasheed, Ibrahim Hussain Zaki, who left to India late last year saying that he would only return once the presidency of Mohamed Waheed Hassan comes to an end and a newly elected democratic government is established, returned to Male on Monday.

Zaki, who had flown to India upon release after being arrested for allegedly drinking alcohol in Haa Dhaal Hondaidhoo, had said that he would "only return for the ceremony of a new democratic government."

However, speaking to reporters after arriving in Male on Monday, Zaki explained that he was confident that a leader would be elected through democratic elections in September.

"I'm pleased to say that I returned because I believe a democratic leader can be elected through a democratic election. There is no doubt that MDP [opposition Maldivian Democratic Party] can win the election in the first round," Zaki, flanked by Nasheed, said.

Zaki also said helping MDP win the election was another reason for his early return to Maldives.

In relation to his arrest, Zaki insisted that he had never engaged in any action in violation of the constitution or Islam.

Countering the accusations by rivals that Zaki had fled to India to evade prosecution, he said "a person must first know of the crime committed and be charged to evade punishment."

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