Maldives – Stability Projections and Trends

Maldives a strategic atoll nation in the Indian Ocean Region dispersed over 188 islands is facing a complex political situation whcih has been exacerbated by a number of factors such as growing rift between the President Abdullah Yameen/ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on one hand and the opposition mainly the Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) and other parties including the half brother of President on the other. This has led to disruptions in governance with inadequate ministerial supervisions lack of oversight by the parliament, civil society and independent institutions. The judiciary’s direct support to the executive obtained through coercion and sops has destroyed independence of the institution leading to arbitrary application of laws. The President has used the powers of emergency most recently to coerce the judiciary as well as subvert Constitutional processes and the parliament in February – March thus rendering the system dysfunctional....................

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