Male’, Maldives – Former Foreign Minister of Maldives and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Dr Ahmed Shaheed has said that democracy hasn’t come to the Maldives.
His remarks come after the Elections Commissions member Ismail Habeeb said that Maldives was democratically ahead of America following the unrest at Capitol, where Dr. Shaheed stated that democracy wasn’t merely electing public officials by voting nor forming democratic parties.
Dr. Shaheed went on to add that a country cannot be called a democratic nation until the rule of law and basic rights are ensured.
Elections Commission member Ismail Habeeb had earlier tweeted stating that democracy in Maldives had ripened and that Maldivian’s discipline was much better.
The unrest at Capitol of the United States has been compared with the incidents of February 8, 2012 in Maldives where unrest’s lead to clashes between the armed forces and civilians after the then President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed resigned on the previous day.
Former President and current Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed had also compared the unrest in America as an impending coup d’état and called out President Trump to accept defeat.
He also added that as someone who has already been through one, he knows exactly what a coup looks like. In addition to this, Nasheed noted that it’ss not just the US democracy, but democratic freedoms and norms around the world that are currently under attack.