Maldives withdraws itself from Commonwealth over alleged discrimination

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| Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 21:18
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Maldives, Commonwealth of Nations, Gambia, Maldives quits Commonwealth, 2012, Maldives Foreign Ministry, Mohamed Nasheed, Abdullah Mohamed,

New Delhi: Maldives on Thursday pulled itself out of Commonwealth of Nations by accusing the inter-governmental organisation that it was discriminatory against it. It has become the second nation after Gambia, which had quit out from Commonwealth league in 2013.

In a statement issued by Maldives, it has mentioned, "Commonwealth has not recognised the progress and achievements that Maldives accomplished in cultivating a culture of democracy."

Justifying the stand, Maldives Foreign Ministry has said that it has been treated "unjustily and unfairly" by the organisation’s Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), which has been scrutinising the government since the former president, Mohamed Nasheed, was ousted in 2012 in what his supporters say was a coup.

47-year-old Nasheed resigned as the Maldives' President in February 2012 after a mutiny by police and troops that followed weeks of protests over the arrest of judge Abdullah Mohamed on corruption allegations.

Nasheed, the country's first democratically elected leader who was arrested on February 22 over the detention of a judge in 2012, was charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1990.

Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former British Empire. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organised through the Commonwealth Secretariat, and non-governmental organisations, organised through the Commonwealth Foundation. 

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