‘Maldives is my home, no one has a right to tell me not to go’

Mohamed Nasheed is determined to return to the islands on November 1, despite his fear that President Yameen will try to hang on to power It is very likely that power will be transferred in the Maldives, even if outgoing President, Abdulla Yameen, attempts to influence the Supreme Court’s deliberations on the validity of the September election results, former President Mohamed Nasheed has said. He appealed to India to partner with his alliance once it comes to power to help deliver essential reforms, saying it was in the interests of everyone in the region for the transfer to take place, and criticised the role that China had played in his country under President Yameen. In an interview with The Hindu , Mr. Nasheed expressed scepticism about whether the latest comments from Mr. Yameen —who made his second concession since his defeat in the September elections — signalled a willingness to step aside. Mr. Nasheed, who has said that he will return to the Maldives on November 1, accused the President of attempting to use the Chief of Police to influence the Supreme Court’s deliberations. “This goes on. Until power is actually transferred, it would not be very prudent to assume that things were going to move smoothly,” he said in central London, where he has spent much of his time in exile. ‘Uncertain situation’ He said that given the uncertain situation, many options remained open to the alliance, including action on the streets, though that came with its own risks including providing an opportunity for Mr. Yameen to toughen restrictions. “When you have direct action on the streets, it’s never easy. It’s never a linear outcome. We have the view that we should let the Supreme Court come out with a judgment. Say they come out with an outrageous ruling, what do we do from then on? I think that is the moment that we should say that enough is enough and take to the streets and give whatever we have, come what may,” he said. He said that he remained determined to return on November 1, despite the prospect of him facing several days in jail. “Maldives is my home. No one has a right to tell me not to go. The first thing that would happen is that I would have to go to jail, but if there is difficulty in transferring power then they must get me out. And I think that to galvanise the people, if need be, we must do it.”

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/maldives-is-my-home-no-one-has-a-right-to-tell-me-not-to-go/article25276386.ece

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