The mediator of the Leaders' Dialogue, Ahmed Mujthaba has resigned today.
Mujthaba who is also the mediator of the All Party Road-Map Talks which were initiated to resolve the political strife in the country following the controversial power transfer on February 7 has resigned while a second round of discussions of the Leaders’ Dialogue is to be held at 4:00pm today.
In a statement issued by him, it was stated that he had resigned as one party did not want to join the dialogue at present. That party referred to is the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
“…from among them the party not included in the administration does not want to join in dialogue, and given that if all parties wanted to conduct talks, it can be done with the parliament acting as a mediator, I hereby resign from my role,” the statement read.
The National Steering Committee of MDP had decided to put its participation in the discussions on hold for the time being at the 125th meeting of the committee yesterday but the reason was not stated by the party.
The Leaders Dialogue began on September 2 following the meeting held by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik with all political parties at Bandos Island Resort to strategize a way to deal with final Report of the Commission of National Inquiry (CNI) where it was decided to conduct these talks between the political parties with representation in the parliament.