Government calls on parties to re-engage in talks

April 01 13:33 2017

The government has called on political parties to re-engage in dialogue amidst a “ramped up crackdown” in the wake of Monday’s failed bid by the opposition alliance to impeach the speaker of parliament.

Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee, chairman of the all-party talks and the government’s chief negotiator, told the press on Thursday that invitations have been sent out and urged opposition parties to revive the failed talks.

“If it is democracy they want, they should adhere to democratic principles and use this opportunity,” he said. 

“The government does not hesitate to negotiate with the opposition. We are confident that our actions are in accordance with the laws and regulations for the benefit of the people.”

The call to renew dialogue comes after former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed along with Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim and Adhaalath Party leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla signed a pact “to unite against President Abdulla Yameen’s increasing authoritarianism.”

At a press conference of the opposition alliance later on Thursday, Minority Leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih questioned the sincerity of the government’s appeal.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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