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President Nasheed – No longer the lawful president of the Maldives

President Nasheed violated his constitutional oath as President last month while campaigning for his party in Raa Alifushi. In a widely condemned public speech to residents of Alifushi, Nasheed declared outright that he would lift a helping hand only for his party members. He then went on to threaten citizens belonging to any other party.

“When a member of my party pesters me for something, I will grant that member’s request. But, if a member of another party pesters me, my evilness will be clearly seen. I can also do many things with my left hand and right hand. Never think, and none of you can even imagine, the things I would do or would not do.” President Nasheed threatened the citizens attending the meeting.

With this public statement, President Nasheed violated his constitutional oath as President, made in the name of Allaah the Almighty, to serve the country and its people. Under the constitution, a sworn in president of the country must serve his country and people without discrimination. In his own words, Nasheed affirmed that he would discriminate in favor of his party members. He has also gone on public record threatening his citizens, something no lawful ruler can do. A ruler is given legitimacy by a pact between the ruler and his or her citizens. This pact is the basis for law and order in the country. When one side of the pact violates the terms of that pact, that pact is no longer lawful or valid. Nasheed has violated his pact with the citizens of the Maldives by stating, and by acting upon this statement, that he will only serve his party members and no one elses.

The Alifushi speech has outraged the large majority of the country, with widespread condemnation being expressed via various media. Efforts to put a lid on the situation by Press Secretary Zuhair only fired the blaze more, as Zuhair attempted to cover up the fact that President Nasheed was blind drunk while he was speaking at Alifushi. Nasheed’s public appearances while drunk or under the influence of drugs are now a common feature of Maldivian politics, and a source of outrage to the 100% Muslim country. If brought to justice, this would make Nasheed ineligible for the presidency. The sad fact is the people of Maldives no longer respect this man, now commonly referred to as Ganjabo (Drug Addict).

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