Maldives poised for coup if party doesn’t get majority: Nasheed


Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has said the country is poised for a possible coup if his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) doesn’t get a majority in the Presidential elections scheduled for Saturday.

Talking to Prasar Bharati correspondent in Male Wednesday evening, Nasheed said one of the main reasons his government had to face a coup in 2012 was their failure to get a majority in 2009 parliamentary elections.

Nasheed, who heads the MDP and is contesting a parliamentary seat, said independent institutions including judiciary lose confidence in the government if it doesn’t have a parliamentary majority.

He said it becomes easy for anyone interested in staging a coup,  to stage a coup in such situation. MDP is seeking majority against the coalition led by former President Abdulla Yameen, who lost the last year Presidential elections to MDP candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, backed by a coalition.

However, there are cracks within the ruling coalition with the Jumhooree Party led by Qasim Ibrahim developing an understanding with Yameen’s opposition coalition.

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