Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Statement by Naushad Waheed Hassan

(Deputy High Commissioner of Maldives to the UK and brother of current President Mohamed Waheed Hassan)
I have resigned from my post of Deputy High Commissioner as of now. I have resigned because I cannot serve a regime that has brought down the democratically elected government of my country in a coup d’état.
Some of you may question why I have not resigned before.
When the coup was unfolding in the early hours of 7th of February my initial reaction was to resign immediately. However, as you all know, the leader of the current regime Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan is my own brother. So I decided to take time to make my own enquiries before I came to a conclusion. And it is with a heavy heart that I have to say that this is indeed an illegitimate government and I cannot be party to it.
And I say this to my brother – You are my brother and I will always love you. Do not rob our people of our right to choose our government. Do not be party to this police brutality that is ongoing in the country. Do not join with the people of the autocratic ruler (former) President Gayoom. Do the right thing – resign and hold fresh elections. Let the people of Maldives decide.