President Dr Mohamed Waheed has said his government does not interfere and influence the country’s judiciary. In an interview to the local TV station, DhiTV’s weekly programme Hukurudhuvas Masuoodha Eku (“Friday with Masuood”), the President said he considered state officials with constitutional mandates to be professionals and would accept their decisions as final.
In the wide-ranging interview, the President also expressed his confidence in the law enforcement agencies of the Maldives, adding he had no doubt about their competence.
When asked how he would describe the current situation in the Maldives, the President noted the ‘criminal environment’ in the country was alarming. The rapid increase of crime rate created an environment where people live in constant fear, he said. The President, however, said the steps taken towards reducing crime in Male’ produced positive results.
Speaking on the close ties between India and the Maldives, President Waheed said that the bilateral relations between the two countries were much stronger, and that the GMR issue did not cast any shadow on the long-standing relations between the two countries. The President said the Indian government continued to share the same sentiments about the relations between the two countries. He said some politicians deliberately tried to damage those relations.
Other themes of the interview included economic and social issues and other challenges faced by the country. He outlined the measures the government was taking to address those issues. The President also discussed the education sector and measures being taken by the government to broaden the economy in order to cater to the unemployed youth of the country.