PPM criticizes Commonwealth's statement

Fazeena Ahmed, Haveeru Online
Mar 17, 2012 - 10:35 2 comments
  • Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla at a PPM rally. HAVEERU FILE PHOTO

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has said that holding elections as a result of external pressure would not be productive to the nation and that the country is not prepared for a free and fair election at present.

In a press conference held at the party office yesterday evening, Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla criticized the statement made by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) expressing concerns over the stagnated situation in Maldives.

Abdulla further noted that the CMAG statement had given precedence to early elections than the lack of progress of the government proposed all party roadmap talks.

“I also note that their statement is biased and that it harbors the interests of a particular individual” he said.

He said that the roadmap included preparations to hold early elections including amendments to the constitution, reforming the judicial system and creating an appropriate environment suitable to hold early elections.

He added that the current legislation does not give way for early elections to be held immediately and that most political parties do not want to hold the elections right away.

Referring to the fact that the commonwealth had been closely monitoring the situation in the Maldives, MP Abdulla said that statements should not be issued with prejudice but should be made to address the best interests of the whole nation.

CMAG’s statement highlights the importance of initiating peace talks among the political parties in order to hold early elections and the importance of dialogue to amend the constitution to allow for early elections.

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