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State Dept: It’s a constitutional succession if the police/military use machine guns/updated with magic asterisk

Posted by Charles II on February 9, 2012

When in doubt:

The bizarre hypocrisy of the State Department in the Honduras coup, in which the machine gunning of the presidential palace in the early hours of the morning, and the exile of the elected president was deemed not to be a military coup has now been amplified by its strange response to the ouster of Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed.

Nasheed is best known for holding a Cabinet meeting underwater to illustrate the plight of the Maldives, which will be drowned by global warming, with no reprieve possible. Reuters:

Nasheed’s order to the military to arrest a judge, whom he accused of blocking multi-million dollar corruption cases against members of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s government, set off three weeks of opposition protests that peaked with Tuesday’s police revolt.

Opposition parties found common ground against Nasheed amid the constitutional crisis and protests, and had begun adopting hardline rhetoric to criticise his Islamic credentials. The country is wholly Sunni Muslim.

In the end, the military marched him into his own office to order his own resignation, a close aide told Reuters in the first witness account of Nasheed’s exit.

And more Reuters:

Earlier on Thursday, police commissioner Riyaz told reporters that 18 police stations and two courts on other atolls including the second-largest population centre, Addu, had been burned or attacked by Nasheed supporters the day before.

Nasheed called the violence “spontaneous”.

The unrest has taken place far from areas frequented by tourists, who usually land at an airport on an island near Male and go directly to the various resorts in the archipelago by speed boat or seaplane.

So, here’s your State Department:

QUESTION: Maldives. Yesterday, you discussed the situation there and appeared to sort of accept the story that the president stood aside and the vice president is taking over and that they’re going to have a government involving the opposition ahead of elections. But now, the former president Nasheed is saying that he was forced out at gunpoint and that it’s making it sound as though it’s essentially a military coup there. I’m wondering if you have any further information on communications with them, what your assessment is of the situation.

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MS. NULAND: Well, we’ve obviously seen the statement from President Nasheed. As I said to you yesterday, Assistant Secretary Blake was in contact with President Waheed. His view of events obviously differs. I think the thing that is concerning today, Andy, is whereas we had calm on the streets yesterday, we have had some less than peaceful incidents in the Maldives. So that is concerning, and we are urging the government and the political parties to work together to resolve the situation peacefully, and we’re continuing to monitor the situation.

As I mentioned yesterday, some of our folks from our Embassy in Colombo are on their way down. And today, Assistant Secretary Blake has decided that he will add a stop in Male, the capital of the Maldives, to his upcoming trip to the region. He’ll be there on Saturday, February 11th, en route also to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as planned.

QUESTION: Are you going to withhold – I mean, are you taking any position on the suggestions that it might have been a military coup? Are you going to investigate that? Is Blake going to check that out? Or do you think that that’s not a sort of a reasonable suggestion here?

MS. NULAND: Well, obviously we are talking to all parties. That’s why we’re sending our folks down, but that is not the information that we have at the moment. But Assistant Secretary Blake will have a chance to be there and talk to everybody on Saturday. But in the interim, we are urging calm, we are urging dialogue, we are urging the – President Waheed, as you know, has committed to forming a national unity government, and we think that will also be an important signal to political factions across the Maldives.

QUESTION: So he’ll be speaking to Nasheed and Waheed?

MS. NULAND: I can’t speak to exactly what meetings he’ll have. He literally has just started to put the schedule for that stop together.

QUESTION: Well, does that mean that a determination on whether it was an unconstitutional change in power is going to wait until after Blake’s visit?

MS. NULAND: Well, our view as of yesterday – and I don’t think that that has changed – obviously, we’ll collect more information going forward – was that this was handled constitutionally.

Presidents just suddenly resign and the populace explodes for no reason. And machine guns = constitutional succession. Just like in Haiti, just like in Venezuela, just like in Honduras. Now we contract the work out.
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Here’s today’s briefing:

QUESTION: So does – the U.S. considers the new government a legitimate government of the Maldives?

MS. NULAND: We do.*

*The United States will work with the new Government of the Maldives but believes that the circumstances surrounding the transfer of power must be clarified, and suggests all parties agree to an independent mechanism to do so.

So now constitutional succession = machine guns plus magic asterisk

2 Responses to “State Dept: It’s a constitutional succession if the police/military use machine guns/updated with magic asterisk”

  1. jo6pac said

    Nasheed is best known for holding a Cabinet meeting underwater to illustrate the plight of the Maldives, which will be drowned by global warming,

    He was dangerous to corp. and had to go. They found someone that will play along as the island slow sink into the ocean just more business as usual. Sad

  2. Disgusting.

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