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Maldives: Removal of Inconvenient Judges- Another set back to Democracy

Paper No. 5847                  Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 15th  December, President Yameen sacked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ahmed Faiz and another Judge Muthasim Adnan on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission and approved by the Majlis all within a space of five days.

Article 154 of the Constitution states that a judge can be removed only after the Judicial Service Commission finds the judge to be guilt of gross incompetence or misconduct.  

Maldives: President Yameen on a “Conciliatory Mode.” But will it last?

Paper No:  5613                                      Dated 28-Nov-2013
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
Soon after he took over, the first thing President Yameen did was to take a swipe at the losing candidate Mohamed Nasheed, by declaring that “People have proved that they do not want a puppet of foreign powers.”
 
Better sense prevailed and soon he quickly made some conciliatory gestures to make up for that indiscreet statement.
 

Maldives Throws a Surprise in Presidential Elections:

Paper No. 5604                      Dated 17-Nov-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Though not totally unexpected, Maldives threw a surprise in electing Abdullah Yameen in the run off to the presidential elections held on November 16, 2013.

The elections saw an unprecedented polling of close to 90.3 percent with the PPM candidate Abdulla Yameen securing 110,371 votes ( 51.61 percent) as against Mohamad Nasheed of MDP gathering 48.39 percent with 103,500 votes.

Maldives: Nasheed Gets a Reprieve:

Paper No. 5453        Dated 8-Apr-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

On an appeal filed by the team of lawyers defending Nasheed’s case, the Chief Judge of the High Court, Ahmed Shareef ordered the special court formed to try former President Nasheed’s case to halt the trial until it decides on the legitimacy of the panel of judges appointed to examine the case.

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