NEW VIDEO: Opposition Pledged Allegiance to Waheed after late night meeting; called on Police and Army to Mutiny on 30 January at early morning press conference.
In the early morning of 30 January, following a late night meeting with then Vice President Waheed, anti-Nasheed protest leaders – Sheikh Iram, President of religious conservate Adhaalath Party; Umar Naseer, Vice President of former President Gayoom’s Progressive Party of Maldives; and Ibrahim ‘Mavota’ Shareef, Vice President of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party; along with representatives of hard-line Islamist NGOs – hold press conference:
- They declare their allegiance to the then Vice President Waheed and “request the Vice President to take over the government”
- They state that “President Nasheed is not the President of the Maldives anymore.”
- They pledge to take anti-government protests into a “second phase”
- They call on police and army to pledge allegiance to Waheed and “not to implement any order given by Mohamed Nasheed.”
- 8 days later, police and army mutiny with opposition support, oust President Nasheed and Vice President Waheed assumes office.
- Ex-President Nasheed has accused President Waheed of involvement in the “coup d’etat” that unseated him on Tuesday 7 February.
See video linked below, with English transcript underneath.
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Sheikh Imran, President of Adhaalath Party:
In the name of Allah, the most merciful, the most beneficent.
We had to meet at this late hour because the Government is acting out
of the boundaries
of the constitution to destroy the judiciary and disenfranchise the citizens
of the country, and because President Nasheed has indicated to us, clearly, that the 2013 elections will not be held.
(And so) we the Coalition of 23rd December has decided that from right this moment onwards, to step up the work we have been doing until today, to move things into the second phase.
The steering committee of the 23rd December Coalition has met and decided, unanimously, that we have to take things to the second phase.
(And so) we went to meet the Vice President, and having met him, we wanted to convey our decisions
to the beloved citizens of the Republic of Maldives.
Hence we are meeting at this late hour. Umar will convey what we desire and the decisions we have taken.
Umar Naseer Vice President, Progressive Party of the Maldives:
Thank you very much. As you would know President Nasheed has, beyond doubt, contradicted the Constitution,
and he himself has said that, he has stepped out of the chart.
And that he will not hold presidential elections in 2013.
Hence, the December 23rd Coalition, all the different stakeholders of the coalition
and all the opposition political parties are calling out to the police and the army
to come out and pledge allegiance to Vice President Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik
and not to implement any order given by Mohmed Nasheed.
And all of us in the Coalition have decided to pledge allegiance to Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik.
So on behalf of this coalition we are calling on the security forces,
to immediately pledge their allegiance to Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik.
As you know Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik was elected by a direct vote of Maldivians,
and has not acted contrary to the Constitution.
But Mohamed Nasheed has contradicted the constitution, gone outside the chart
and has said he will not hold elections in 2013.
Hence we cannot say that Mohamed Nasheed is the legal ruler of Maldives.
This is the decision of the Coalition.
Mohamed ‘Mavota’ Shareef, Vice President, Dhivehi Rayithunge Party:
In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful.
We had met tonight with the Vice President on behalf of the Coalition
to let him know what we think.
We have let the Vice President know what our parties had decided.
As you might know President Nasheed is a huge threat to Maldivians.
If what President Nasheed is doing is not stopped immediately,
like what has happened in other countries, we fear
that this country might plunge into a civil conflict.
So we requested the Vice President to take over the government,
and we call upon the security forces to immediately start obeying the orders of the Vice President
That is because President Nasheed is not the President of the Maldives anymore.
He could have only stayed on as President, as long as he had not contradicted the constitution and does not contradict the law.
He is trying to sideline the constitution.
He is contradicting the constitution knowingly, and on purpose.
Hence, as Umar and our Sheikh Imran has already stated, and as we have repeatedly stated, Nasheed who was holding the post of President, is not the President of this country anymore.
We believe Kenereege Mohamed Nasheed has no legal standing to be the president of the Maldives.
He has undermined the power of the courts,
and completely abolished law and order in Maldives.
He has tarnished the sanctity of the supreme court of the Maldives,
and by giving illegal orders to the security forces, started injuring citizens.
So before we go to a scarier, more dangerous blood shed, we have asked the Vice President to save this nation.
In conclusion, I would like to call upon the security forces, (to accept that)
since the Vice President is a person elected by Maldivians, and should the president be incapacitated to perform his legal duties,
the Vice President must assume the duties of the President. (And so) we have decided that he has to start performing these duties.