Yesterday I read an article from one of the newspapers that talked about an interview of the Press Secretary at the President's Office, and according to the article, the President has somehow obtained legal opinion from somebody and is considering declaring 'state of emergency' in order to conduct parliamentary elections. It'd be a dissapointment to those who love democracy, to see one of the three powers, 'Parliment', to be declared void, and the Executive taking charge in the absense of a parliament. I don't understand a way the President can actually call for an election when the constituencies and other laws are still not being determined.
There are a group of parlimentarians and other politicians who want the President to do such a mistake, and prove to all of us, what a great 'dictator' Nasheed can become. There are also a group of parliamentarians who deliberately wants to go against the spirit of the Constitution by supporting to take leave. There are a group of parliamentarians who think that the Constitution was made by them, so they can act as they will and interpret the constitution their own way. There are group of parlimentarias who just cant let go the high salaries and the privileges that come with the job.
My question is, can we at all afford all these politics at this time? It was only three months ago when these politicians appeared on tv and declared that Bank of Maldives is bankcrupt, that the whole economy was collapsed, and so many other things. As a result, public confidence towards banking system, economy, and the government went to an all time low. Our economy is still suffering from that low confidence, and as a result undesired speculations.
After all the dirty tactics and the political games, at last the people have decided, and a new government has been formed.
The National reserves are very low, fiscal deficit is very high, and the economic growth is slowing down. The world economies are in a recession, and there is fear of our economy going into a deep recession if we dont take prudent measures to revive the economy. At a time like this, do we still continue with playing political games,; declaring emergencies, protecting self-interests?? and what not.
It is a time to unite together. Work with the government, private sector, and the people to re-build the nation. It is time for us to put our national interests ahead, and try our best to survive the global economic down-turn. It is time to end these political games and move on.