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Until last week, it appeared that the race for the Maldivian Presidency would be between two candidates — the charismatic former President Mohamed Nasheed and Yameen Abdullah, the brother of former dictator and Nasheed’s tormentor Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

 

Recent weeks have put a spotlight on Islamic fundamentalism in the Maldives after a 15-year-old girl who had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for "fornication". A petition by the global advocacy group Avaaz has been signed by more than two million people demanding a tourist boycott until the flogging sentence is annulled.

 

The halt on ex-Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed’s controversial trial has raised hopes of more credible presidential polls in the country, where electioneering has picked up pace with the nomination of candidates for the elections including through primaries. The Maldivian High Court halted the case on April 1 days after the European Union said the polls would not be credible without Nasheed, whose supporters describe the trial for ordering a judge’s detention during his tenure as motivated to prevent him from contesting.

 

Nasheed's arrest has been carried out in retaliation to our party's relentless campaign against Waheed, said Ahmed Naseem..Ex-Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has been arrested after twice taking refuge in Male's Indian mission. Nasheed is accused of illegally ordering a judge's arrest during his rule in January 2012 - his supporters say this is an excuse to oust the Maldives' first democratically-elected president. Nasheed's aide and ex-foreign minister, Ahmed Naseem, spoke with Sameer Arshad about the arrest, its implications - and why he thinks India must intervene:

 


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