Sunday, November 17, 2013

blog 10: Maldives and democracy

The Maldives has recently come under fire due to the excessive/ obvious amount of corruption within their government.  The clearest form of corruption has recently been within the voting system.  The Maldives recently held elections to have a president are elected and in office by November, 11th but due to several complications the election has been completely messed up.  The Maldives had sought the help of the Indian government with their latest poll due to their massive success with such a large population.  The problem is that even with this overly transparent election process the Supreme Court nullified the election and claimed it had too many irregularities.  The major problem is that the Maldives recently had a military coup to replace a leader named Mohamed Nasheed, but the people were very much in his favor.  The military leader who replaced Mr. Nasheed only received 5% of the votes in the election whereas Nasheed received about 49% making him the clear winner.   

The Maldives is experiencing the complications that arise when the old is trying to remove the new.  The population is clearly crying out for a leader in which they can get behind but a small powerful minority is making the entire government back them due to their show of force.  While there is no overnight cure for the problems it would appear that the military coup was clearly out of order and not a revolt of the people but rather a revolt of a small few who cannot face losing their power.  The situation is in no way uncommon, but without a doubt highly tragic for the people.  The government could change the turn of events but it would not be without finding those who are corrupting the system and making them step down in one form or another.  The other option which is far less advised would be to plan a secondary coup to replace the coup which removed the people’s president Mr. Nasheed.  Overall, change can happen but it needs to be handled gracefully but with clear meaning and action. 
Ryan Clark

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