Coalition at odds over judicial reform

The opposition coalition appears to be at odds over judicial reform with former president Mohamed Nasheed clashing with Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim clashing on Twitter.

Less than a month after the opposition coalition secured a stunning victory in last month's presidential elections, the business tycoon who last week returned from self imposed exile after he was granted bail had urged the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) to file Nasheed's terrorism conviction for a Supreme Court review.

Nasheed lives in self imposed exile most recently in Sri Lanka after he was allowed to leave to the UK on medical leave in an internationally brokered deal following his jailing on terrorism charges.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison over the arbitrary arrest and subsequent detention of a sitting judge while he was president.

Nasheed's return was announced days after after the opposition alliance secured a surprise victory in last month's presidential elections.

Nasheed's Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) chairperson Hassan Latheef while briefing local media on the planned celebrations to mark the former president's return, downplayed reports that he would be arrested immediately after he lands.

Latheef pointed out that several international organizations including the United Nations (UN) had denounced Nasheed's jailing on serious flaws with violations of his right to a fair trial.

"Nasheed is already a free man. He would not face any restrictions on his political and civic rights when he returns on November 1," Latheef insisted.

Gasim however, appeared to disagree pointing out that the opposition had secured victory in the election promising the people much needed judicial reform.

"The very people who are looking for reform must do things in accordance with the constitution and the laws," Gasim told the privately run Villa TV.

In response, Nasheed took to Twitter saying that a coalition with contrasting ideologies, difference of opinion over judicial form was to be expected.

"But I believe, despite such differences, we will be able to find solutions through democratic principles," Nasheed said.

According to opposition sources, the coalition remains divided over the Supreme Court bench.