President Abdulla Yameen of the Maldives is threatening the stability of the Indian Ocean region by making the country increasingly dependent on a single country, his political opponent and former president Mohammed Nasheed has said.
Democrats and dictators are at it again in the Indian Ocean, churning the waters for their shot at immortality. Except in this version of the ‘samudra manthan,’ former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed is allying himself with former autocrats, promoters of coups as well as confirmed Islamists in order to unseat the man responsible for the successive waves of unrest washing over this coral paradise on earth, current president Abdulla Yameen.
The Maldives is facing a critical juncture, as civil unrest grows, and the government of President Abdulla Yameen continues to lose support. Since coming to power in 2013, Yameen has enacted a series of increasingly draconian laws, changes which have led to widespread political and public opposition.
The Maldives legalised criminal defamation on Tuesday in a move the opposition said was aimed at stifling dissent in the Indian Ocean archipelago and which was criticised by the UN and the US. Best known as a paradise for wealthy tourists, Maldives has been mired in political unrest since Mohamed Nasheed, its first democratically elected leader, was ousted in disputed circumstances in 2012.
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