Former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed along with Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim and Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla signed a historic declaration Friday to work together to restore democracy in the Maldives.
The four political heavyweights resolved to “protect ownership of the land, sea and natural resources”, “find a resolution to the political discord afflicting the country”, “safeguard civil and political rights abrogated from citizens”, and “ensure elections held in the Maldives are free and fair in which candidates of political parties choosing are allowed to contest.”
The parties will also work together to “secure freedom for all individuals who have been arrested, under investigation, on trial, or convicted of politically motivated charges”, “prevent corruption and embezzlement within the government”, and “seek the restitution of transactions and properties unlawfully seized from citizens by the government”.
Gayoom said in a tweet Friday night that he signed the agreement “with the good intention of reforming the country”.
“We’ve relentlessly worked to find common ground. This agreement will allow us to steer the country onto democratic path,” tweeted Nasheed, who lives in exile in England and arrived in Sri Lanka last week.
“When division, mistrust and competitive politics are cast aside, and political parties of differing ideologies decide to work together, we understand the dire situation facing the country,” Sheikh Imran, who has been under house arrest since April last year, was quoted as saying in a joint statement.
The formal agreement comes ahead of a crucial vote on Monday for impeaching the speaker of parliament, a push by the new opposition alliance to challenge President Abdulla Yameen’s previously comfortable parliamentary majority.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent