In what former Maldives President Mohamad Nasheed described as a “watershed” and “turning point” for his country, a new multi-party opposition platform was launched in London that pledged to lead the fight for the restoration of democracy in the Maldives.
Former Vice-President of the Maldives, now living in exile in the United Kingdom, Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed will head the Shadow Cabinet of the newly formed Maldives United Opposition. The Deputy Leader is Ali Waheed, currently Chairperson of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).
Mr. Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader of the Maldives who was recently given political asylum in the UK, chose to take a back seat in the Shadow Cabinet with the post of Advisor.
The former President was forced out of office in 2012, just four years after his election, and was convicted and jailed on what were widely believed to have been terrorism charges. On the world stage, he remains the most visible opposition Maldivian leader and is likely to play a leading behind-the-scenes role in the new political formation.
Unity against dictatorship:
A number of different parties have come together to form shadow government. The unity in them reflects their commitment to the constitution, to democracy, and to the rule of law. It forces them to be united against dictatorship.
Looking to India:
The exiled ex-President said that India has been their closest neighbour and has always supported them. He further said they hope India will support their cause to restore democracy in the Maldives.