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Former Maldivian Attorney General accuses President Nasheed of unconstitutionalism

Former Attorney General Fathimath Diyana Saeed today strongly condemned Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed’s illegal and unconstitutional actions as President. In an exclusive interview to Miadhu Daily today following her sudden sacking from the post of Attorney General, she said, “President Nasheed cannot stomach fulfilling one’s responsibilities in accordance with the constitution”.

“The public has no doubt about the reasons why President Nasheed sacked me. What he wants is a Gon’di kokko (a minion who rubber stamps his boss’s decisions) who will fulfill his every wish. I have fulfilled my duties in accordance with the constitution, the laws of the state and in the best interests of our people. This was unpalatable to President Nasheed”, Diyana said.

Diyana’s words echo the parting words of Nasheed’s Special Advisor Dr. Hassan Saeed upon his resignation from office on 19th February 2009, the 100 day anniversary of President Nasheed’s reign. Dr. Saeed, leader of the Qaumee Party, cited the major reason for his resignation as being that President Nasheed blatantly ignored his every advice and was prone to taking decisions absolutely contrary to his advice. Dr. Hassan Saeed noted with grave concern that these decisions had implications on national interest, and related to major economic, social, constitutional and legal matters.

Gasim Ibrahim, leader of Jumhooree Party, also resigned from his post as Home Minister in Nashee’s cabinet within 21 days of taking oath of office, citing impossibility of working with a President who did not heed his advice as Home Minister. Last month, Gasim Ibrahim went public with some of the major issues national interest on which President Nasheed had taken arbitrary action without the consultation or consent of his cabinet.

The Maldivian people are much dismayed by the repeated revelations by ministers and senior advisors of President Nasheed’s autocratic and despotic ways.

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