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Maldives to call all party talks soon: president

08-25-2012 15:05 BJT

COLOMBO, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Maldives President Mohammed Waheed said he would invite all political parties to "All Party Talks" within 48 hours, a spokesman said on Saturday.

Maldives' President Mohamed Waheed speaks to reporters in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, Aug. 24, 2012. Mohamed Waheed on Friday rejected calls to hold early presidential elections this year. (Xinhua/Sameera)

Masood Imad, president's media secretary said President Waheed promised to end the ongoing political crisis through an all-party talks, when he met the Maldives foreign diplomats in Colombo.

"President briefed the diplomats on the current political and economic scenario of the Maldives and outlined the steps being taken by the government to resolve these issues," Masood said.

During his first official visit to Sri Lanka, President Waheed expressed an urgent need to find means to run the government more efficiently, and his sincere appreciation of support by friendly nations, the spokesman said.

"President Waheed expressed his further hope for continued cooperation with the other nations," Masood said, referring to Waheed's meeting with foreign diplomats accredited to Maldives based in Colombo.

Since the controversial power transfer from former President Mohamed Nasheed to Waheed on February 7, the Indian Ocean island nation had been undergoing a political turmoil.

A day after his resignation, Nasheed complained he was ousted by a military-backed coup and demanded that Waheed be stepped down and called for a snap poll.

But Waheed said there is "little" chance of an election before July 2013.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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