By Henry D Gombya
Maldives deputy High Commissioner to London, Naushad Waheed Hassan has tendered his resignation in protest to the way his brother, Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan came to power last week. In a statement he issued in London Thursday, Mr Waheed said he could not serve a regime that has come to power through a coup d’état that brought down a democratically-elected government. The new president’s brother offered his resignation soon after his boss Farah Faisal, the Maldivian High Commissioner to London had also tendered her resignation from her post following the ouster of President Mohamed Nasheed.
On February 7, 2012, President Nasheed who had become his country’s first democratically-elected president was forced by the Maldives police and army units to resign from office or be subjected to bloodshed against him, his family, members of his government and members of his Maldives Democratic Movement (MDM) party. To spare his country from such an ordeal, Mr Nasheed announced his resignation and the army and police quickly went on to appoint his then deputy, Mohamed Waheed Hassan as his replacement.
Dr Waheed Hassan has since appointed mostly members of the then opposition parties allied to former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who had ruled the Maldives for 30 years without holding any elections prior to being defeated by Nasheed in the November 2008 general election. In his statement of resignation, the new president’s brother said: “It is with a heavy heart that I have to say this (Dr Waheed’s government) is indeed an illegitimate government and I cannot be party to it. He went on to say that Dr Waheed was his brother and he still loves him. But he warned him: “Do not rob our people of our right to choose our government. Do not be party to this police brutality that is ongoing in the country. Do the right thing – resign and hold fresh elections.”