Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom says as Maldives, along with the rest of the world, marks International Day of Democracy, the country’s judiciary and parliament have been hijacked by the government.
Addressing Thursday night’s opposition rally at Jumhooree Party’s head office, M. Kunooz, Gayoom said parliament and judiciary of a democratic country should be independent state powers that guarantee and protect the rights of citizens.
He said although government have hijacked the two powers, when the opposition’s reform efforts succeed, democracy will be reinstated.
Referring to the suspension of 56 lawyers, including the most prominent lawyers in the country, for launching judicial reform efforts, Gayoom said it was “foolish” to suspend and punish those who call for reform, but it was an indication that reform efforts are succeeding.
In his speech, the former president urged opposition to remain steadfast in their efforts.