Sharing my opinion published in WION News duly updated. An analysis about Indian options in WION News.
Democracy has prevailed in Maldives but the distance between the cup and the lip does not seem to be reducing, with President Yameen trying his tricks to hold on to power. This time the Supreme Court has stood up to him in his attempt to sideline the election on silly excuse. Now President designate Solih can only have a sigh of relief only when the baton is actually handed over to him.
After a A hectic campaigning for elections in Maldives on 23 September 2018, the Election Commission of Maldives declared opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party as the winner of the presidential election. With past record of President Yameen’s autocratic use of power to crush any opposition in the recent past, the contest between him and the opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) it was anticipated that the elections may/may not be fair and may well be marred with large scale election rigging/fraud in case President Yameen feels that he may well land up on the losing side. Now everyone is looking at smooth and peaceful transition of power, which would be a good news for democracy of Maldives and positive development for India.
Maldives continues to be a matter of Security interest to India, due to proximity of the archipelago to its western coast and Indian strategic stakes there. The Chinese desire of land grab (Through debt trap diplomacy), support to dictatorial democracy under Yameen, and the other possibilities of radicalisation in the Maldives archipelago are also a lookout signal for world community, as a sizeable trade from Gulf to Pacific through Indian Ocean passes through eight degree channel between Maldives and India.
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