July 18, 2012

Maldives: Six months after the 'coup'

Can the Maldives work towards political reconciliation?

Six months after an alleged coup led to the resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed, the new government has announced that elections won't be held until July 2013. In response, the opposition has renewed protests in the capital of Malé. While officials say they are working towards stabilising the country, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party claims that the government is being influenced by “radical Islam” that would threaten the fledgling democracy.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives; Dhiyana Saeed, Minister for Gender, Family and Human Rights; and Nilanthi Samaranayake, a South Asia analyst with the think-tank CNA.

What do you think? What is the political future for the Maldives? How have delayed elections impacted the country? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using #AJStream.