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IN DEPTH | Maldives - Civilians demand elections after coup
MALDIVES - Political divisions persist on the island country of the Maldives in the wake of a military coup earlier this year. In February, General M. Waheed ousted former President M. Nasheed, claiming judicial corruption. Since then, an opposition movement (MDP) has called for open elections, recruiting defected members of the military into their ranks. Nevertheless, Waheed has claimed the country is not yet sufficiently stable. The current government has suppressed MDP protests with police brutality and the arbitrary arrest of activists. Prominent members of parliament have been hospitalized, and among those advocating for non-violence, Hisan Hassan, Nasheed's former adviser, and Adil Saleem, a former minister, have both been imprisoned. These events raise questions regarding broad constitutional rights including judicial integrity, freedom of speech, and the right to participate in free and fair elections, that require further investigation and discussion.