President did not talk of early elections: Dunya

Ahmed Hamdhoon, New Delhi, India, Haveeru Online
May 13, 2012 - 03:43
  • President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik (L) meets the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: The government has denied claims that President Waheed had assured Indian PM to hold early polls. PHOTO/ PRESIDENT'S OFFICE

The Maldivian government has refuted claims made by several Indian media outlets that President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik had assured the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of holding an early election.

Several Indian media sources reported that President Waheed had assured Singh that an early election will be held in the Maldives as soon as possible and that democracy will be established and upheld in the country.

However, State Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon said that President Waheed had not mentioned anything regarding an early election.

“He said that an early election will be held within what is allowed in the constitution but that the matter is not in his hands given that the constitution stipulates a Presidential election can only be held in 2013,” she said.

A statement issued by the President’s Office says that the President briefed the Indian PM on the government policies pursued since February 7 and on the work done by the National Enquiry Commission (NEC).

The statement further said that Singh also emphasized on working together to solve the current political conflict in the country.

Earlier the President’s Office had issued a statement citing that the External Affairs Minister of India; S M Krishna expressed support for the government’s decision regarding holding an early Presidential election.

According to the statement that was issued yesterday S M Krishna had also expressed his approval of the current progress of the situation in the Maldives and supported the policy adopted by the Maldivian government in dealing with the current political strife in the country.

The Indian government has also not responded to the claims being made by the Indian media and neither has the Prime Minister’s Office.

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