MDP crowds in more protesty days.
The Maldives has finished its first round of voting since the coup that removed the last elected President, Mohamed (Anni) Nasheed. Anni has 45% compared to 25% for the brother of the former dictator (Abdulla Yameen) and 5% for the couper President (Mohamed Waheed). This, however, just means that there will be a second round of voting, and furious horse trading now, one presumes. It’s still unclear whether Anni’s MDP party can garner the required majority without working with other parties.
Last election, which was basically the first real election ever, Anni won against the former dictator by cobbling together a weak coalition of other parties. In the end that coalition fractured with his Vice President (Waheed) collaborating with the coup that removed Anni about two years ago. Despite that democratic bungle, the Maldives is finally having a vote that looks free and fair, and Anni has been able to run.
Anni is saying that he’d like to win without splitting up the cabinet among opposing parties. However, as the Times Of India reports in its extensive analysis, Anni will find it hard to win in a second round if (and seemingly since) his opponents unite against him.
What I suppose goes implied here is that I support Anni, which I suppose I do. He fought for democracy in the first place in the Maldives, finally pushing through an election against the dictator Gayoom and winning it. He has some pretty basic progressive policies, in contrast to the resort and monied interests that back his opponents. We have quite a few Maldivians in Sri Lanka who I think voted via the embassy. The MDP didn’t get ehburun (first round), but perhaps they’ll get deuxburun.