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Opposition hails Indian intervention in Maldives

2012-02-17 08:17:49 GMT2012-02-17 16:17:49(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MALE, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Maldivian opposition led by former President Mohamed Nasheed, who stepped down during a controversial power transfer on February 7, hailed India's intervention in the ongoing political crisis.

Hamid Abdul Ghafoor, spokesperson on international affairs of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) on Friday thanked visiting India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai for intervention to solve the ongoing political deadlock where former President Nasheed demands for an early election, which his successor refused.

"The MDP appreciates the best efforts of Mr. Mathai to contribute to find a solution to the ongoing political crisis in the Maldives," Ghafoor said.

The party which vowed to oust the new government with protests and street fights alleged that the President Mohammed Waheed's government did not respect the negotiation brokered by India's Foreign Secretary.

"We regret that Dr. Waheed's regime did not respect the agreement reached in the negotiations held between the political parties in the past week mediated by Mr. Mathai," MDP said.

After Nasheed stepped down making way for his vice president, India, together with the United Nations and the United States which rushed to Male last week, admitted the new regime. In response Nasheed had expressed his disappointment with India, claiming that the Maldives closest influential neighbor did not properly understood the ground situation in his country gripped by political unrest.?

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