Ban voices concern over persisting political tensions in Maldives
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||1 March 2012|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Ban voices concern over persisting political tensions in Maldives, 1 March 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4f53a11d2.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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Mr. Ban reiterated that the political crisis following the resignation on 7 February of Mohamed Nasheed as president must be resolved peacefully through a national process based on dialogue and consensus.
"The Secretary-General urges all parties concerned to resume immediately their political dialogue, both in and outside parliament, in order to find a mutually agreeable way forward on the basis of the Constitution and without jeopardizing the democratic gains achieved thus far in the Maldives," said a statement issued by his spokesperson.
Media reports indicated that demonstrations prevented the scheduled reopening of the Maldives parliament, with scuffles breaking out between members of the assembly. The new President, Waheed Hassan, was due to deliver his inaugural presidential address to the parliament.
Mr. Nasheed resigned after days of protests and tensions between the Government and military and police. He was succeeded by Mr. Hassan, his former deputy. Reports later emerged indicating that Mr. Nasheed had said his resignation was not voluntary.