John Glen is the MP for Salisbury and Karen Lumley is the MP for Redditch
Most people will perceive the Maldives as an idyllic paradise of sun-soaked resort islands. Sadly this is only one part of the reality. This week, the fledgling democracy has seen a bloody coup d’etat with the first democratically-elected President Nasheed being removed from office, then beaten and detained by the military loyal to those close to the former dictator Gayoom. It is true that technically he resigned to be replaced by his Vice-President but this was because, in his words, “they told me if I didn’t resign they would resort to the use of arms”. The international community needs to condemn the violence and recognise the truth behind what has happened.
The background to the coup has been Nasheed’s attempt to deal with a judiciary which has shown itself to be corrupt, under-qualified, and loyal to the previous dictator and his associates. He has worked tirelessly to rid the country of corruption, to democratise institutions, and deliver on his MDP party’s election pledges. But it now seems that reform of the judiciary has prompted a backlash from the police and military. Nasheed recently ordered the army to arrest Criminal Court Chief Justice Abdulla Mohamed on charges of misconduct and favouring opposition figures.
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