MOHAMED NASHEED

  • Supporters of Maldives ex-president hold underwater protest April 12, 2015

    Maldives: Supporters of jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed held an underwater protest on Saturday to push for the release of the tropical archipelago's first democratically elected leader, after he was sentenced to 13 years in prison last month. Around 100 divers, dressed in yellow "Free Nasheed" T-shirts, dived 3 meters...
  • Will not take directions from India or any country: Maldives March 16, 2015

    Colombo: Amid mounting international pressure to free convicted former president Mohammed Nasheed, Maldives on Monday made clear that it would not be taking directions from India or any other country on the issue. "I have consistently said that India respects our sovereignty and our independence," Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon, the daughter...
  • Exclusive: Ex-Maldives Minister Ahmed Naseem says India can use its influence to press for Nasheed's release March 15, 2015

    In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Foreign Affairs Editor Anchal Vohra, former foreign minister of Maldives Ahmed Naseem said that India is not doing enough despite its prominent role in the region. "India must initiate a dialogue and pressurise the Yameen government to release former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed from...
  • India's 'deep concern' over Nasheed jail term in Maldives March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Saturday voiced "deep concern" over the developments in the Maldives, a day after former president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13-year imprisonment by a criminal court of that country under anti-terror laws. "We are deeply concerned over the developments in the Maldives....
  • Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed sentenced to 13 years in prison March 14, 2015

    Colombo: Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of terrorism for ordering the arrest of a judge when he was in power in 2012. The verdict is the latest chapter in three turbulent years in which Nasheed, the Indian Ocean...
  • Maldives President addresses Parliament amid opposition protests March 2, 2015

    Male: Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Monday delivered the annual presidential address amid vociferous protests from opposition MPs demanding the release of the country's former leader Mohammed Nasheed who has been detained on terrorism charges. Opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Jumhooree Party (JP) MPs gathered in front of the secretariat...
  • I am not a terrorist says Former Maldivian President Nasheed February 26, 2015

    Male: Maldives' former president Mohamed Nasheed on Thursday said he was not a terrorist and nor did he authorise any arrest as he appeared for a late night hearing in a criminal court in Male four days after he was arrested under anti-terrorism laws. During the second hearing, the prosecutor general...
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  • India concerned at former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed's arrest and manhandling February 23, 2015

    New Delhi: A day after the former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was arrested on a terror charge, India on Monday expressed concern at his arrest and manhandling. Nasheed, the leader of opposition and chief of Maldivian Democratic Party, was dragged in the court by the police for the hearing in the...
  • Former Maldivian president Nasheed dragged by security forces, to remain in jail till final verdict February 23, 2015

    Male: A day after he was arrested, former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed on Monday was virtually dragged by the security forces to be presented before the Criminal Court, which ruled that the opposition leader will remain in custody until the case against him was complete. 47-year-old Nasheed was arrested on Sunday...
  • Maldives Police arrests ex-president Mohamed Nasheed under anti-terrorism laws February 22, 2015

    Male: Maldives police have arrested former president and current opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed under anti-terrorism laws. A document signed by the prosecutor general said that Nasheed was arrested Sunday to stand trial for his 2012 order as president to arrest a senior judge. It said he was being charged under anti-terrorism...
  • Yameen takes power in Maldives, pledges to bolster economy November 17, 2013

    Abdulla Yameen was sworn in as Maldives president on Sunday, a day after wining a closely contested runoff election, ending nearly two years of political uncertainty that posed a threat to the Indian Ocean atoll nation's vital tourism sector. Yameen defeated former president Mohamed Nasheed with 51.6 percent of vote, bringing...
  • Abdulla Yameen officially named new Maldives president November 17, 2013

    The Maldives' Elections Commission on Sunday confirmed Abdulla Yameen, candidate of the Progressive Party, as the new president of the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. Mohammed Nasheed, former president and a contestant who was favoured to win, has at a press conference conceded his defeat. The results of the second round of the...
  • Maldives polls: Unexpected defeat for Nasheed, Yameen wins November 16, 2013

    Abdulla Yameen, halfbrother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on Saturday, clinched an unexpected victory in the presidential runoff elections by defeating former President Mohamed Nasheed, who had led in two recent aborted polls. The winning candidate, a 54year economist also known as Yameen Abdul Gayoom, contested as a Progressive...
  • Voting begins in Maldives presidential runoff November 16, 2013

    Male: The Maldives on Saturday began voting in the second round of the controversyridden presidential election as ousted leader Mohamed Nasheed faces a runoff against his closest rival, with the poll being held under global pressure to elect a new leader and end months of political turmoil. Early voters queued up...
  • Maldives President steps down ahead of runoff polls November 15, 2013

    In the face of pressure from the world community, Mohamed Waheed has stepped down as President of the Maldives on the eve of the second round of the country's controversyridden presidential polls. Waheed, who took office after the first democratically elected President, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned under duress in February 2012, had...
  • Maldives' democratic process breaks down again amid bickering November 10, 2013

    The Maldives' top court delayed holding the second round of the country's presidential poll yet again on Sunday, prolonging a political crisis that has sparked international criticism over the Indian Ocean state's repeated failure to hold free elections. Mohamed Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader who first came to power...
  • Maldives gears up for presidential polls today November 9, 2013

    Male: Maldives on Friday affirmed that the controversyridden presidential polls set for Saturday will go ahead in order to avert a constitutional crisis. "Maldives is all geared for elections on Saturday," said Masood Imad, the spokesman for Maldivian President Mohammed Waheed. Saturday's polls will be Maldives' third attempt to elect a president...
  • Indian envoy's car attacked in Male October 29, 2013

    The car of Indian High Commissioner Rajeev Shahare was damaged in the Maldives capital on Monday evening when assailants smashed the windscreen with a rock. The envoy was not in the car at the time. The car was attacked outside the Indian High Commission. The envoy and staff are safe, according...
  • Maldives presidential candidates want elections on November 2 October 28, 2013

    All three presidential candidates in the Maldives have agreed to hold presidential election a week early on November 2 to avoid a constitutional crisis, media reports said in Male on Monday. The three presidential candidates have agreed to propose to the Elections Commission to hold the first round of the presidential...
  • Former Maldives president Nasheed faces life threat October 25, 2013

    Former Maldivian president and presidential election front runner Mohamed Nasheed is facing life threats from Al Qaeda agents, his office said on Friday. In a statement, Nasheed's office said two Al Qaeda agents have been put on the job for an attack on the expresident and they are currently in Male,...
  • Maldives sets new presidential election for November 9 October 22, 2013

    Male: Maldives officials rescheduled the country's presidential election for November 9 after police prevented the scheduled vote this past weekend due to a conflict with a Supreme Court ruling. While the new schedule may break through a political stalemate and reassure this troubled young democracy, it may not produce a new...
  • Maldives poll frontrunner Nasheed says president should resign October 21, 2013

    Maldives poll frontrunner Nasheed says president should resign The frontrunner in the Maldives presidential elections called for the current leader to resign on Sunday, a day after the vote was halted by police. Former president Mohamed Nasheed, who was ousted by police, military forces and armed demonstrators in February 2012, looked...
  • Maldives police halt presidential vote, supporters stage sitin October 20, 2013

    Male: Maldives police forced a halt to a presidential election on Saturday, in what the leading candidate's supporters said was a new coup as he called on them to block the streets in protest. The Indian Ocean archipelago which has been in turmoil since February 2012, when thenpresident Mohamed Nasheed was...
  • Maldives: New presidential poll stopped by police, say officials October 19, 2013

    Male: Maldives police have stopped a fresh presidential poll that was to be held on Saturday, the archipelago's Election Commission said, despite a court ruling that the poll could go ahead. The Indian Ocean chain of tropical holiday islands has been in turmoil since February 2012 when former president Mohamed Nasheed,...
  • Maldivian SC orders fresh presidential polls before October 20 October 8, 2013

    Male: The Maldives must hold a fresh round of presidential polls before October 20, the Supreme Court has ruled while annulling the first phase as the government on Tuesday appealed to all parties to support new elections. The verdict is a major blow to former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed who had...
  • People are with MDP, says Nasheed on 2nd round of Maldives presidential polls September 9, 2013

    Male: Campaigning started with new vigour in Maldives on Monday for the presidential run-off between Mohamed Nasheed and his nearest rival Abdulla Yameen, who formed an alliance with other parties to defeat the former president. The run-off between top two candidates on September 28 became necessary as none of the candidates...
  • India is the 'single most important country' says Mohammed Nasheed September 8, 2013

    In a strong message of friendship, former President Mohammed Nasheed, on Sunday, asserted the India is the "single most important country" for Maldivian people. "I think our neighbour India is probably the single most important country for Maldivian people... We come from the same stock, we listen to the same music,...
  • Nasheed wins first round of Maldives' presidential election September 8, 2013

    Male: Former President Mohammed Nasheed has emerged as a clear leader in the first round of the Maldives' presidential election receiving 45 per cent votes but fell short of an outright majority resulting in another round of run-off between top two candidates scheduled later month. The Election Commission here announced results...
  • Maldives polls: Ousted President Nasheed falls short of majority in first round September 8, 2013

    The first democratically elected president of the Maldives, who was ousted from power in 2012, faces a runoff after falling short of a clear majority in the first round of Indian Ocean archipelago's presidential election. And Mohamed Nasheed, who received 45 per cent of the vote in Saturday's election contested by...