Ex-Maldivian president Nasheed holds talks with diplomats

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 09:30 hrs

Male: Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed has had talks with diplomats accredited to the Maldives based in Colombo on the current political situation in the country, Nasheed's spokesman said on Tuesday.

 Spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said that the discussions focused on the current political situation and a way forward to hold free, fair and inclusive Presidential elections in the Maldives.

He said that Nasheed had talks with U.S. Ambassador to the Maldives H.E Michele J. Sison, German Ambassador to the Maldives Dr Jrgen Morhad, Ambassador of France to the Maldives Christine Robichon, British High Commissioner John Rankin and Acting Canadian High Commissioner to the Maldives Robert McDougall.

"All the heads of missions emphasized the importance of inclusive elections, which will not disenfranchise a large part of the population. Nasheed discussed the necessity of a transitional arrangement to oversee the presidential elections scheduled to be held in September of this year and stressed on the significance of dialogue between political parties and the government to move forward," Ghafoor said.

Nasheed had 11 days inside the Indian High Commission in the Maldives following a court order being issued to arrest him. He eventually left the High Commission premises after the court order had lapsed.

As the leader of the Maldives Democratic Party, Nasheed claims he was forced to resign as president in February last year to allow current President Mohammed Waheed Hassan to take office. President Hassan however denied the charges.

Nasheed has told the diplomats that there was an increase in violent crimes in the Maldives over the past several days and that there was a lack of proper investigation into those crimes. 

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