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Maldives: Waheed inducts 7 ministers in Cabinet

Feb 12, 2012 01:14 PM IST India India

New Delhi: New Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan on Sunday inducted seven ministers into his Cabinet. The move can be seen as an attempt to consolidate his position in the country. The south Asian country continues to be on the boil ever since the forced ouster of former president Mohammed Nasheed.

Male witnessed sporadic protests by the supporters of Nasheed on Saturday. However, the main concern is now slowly shifting to the island of Addu.

Days after armed policemen and the military took over the entire area, reports of serious violations of human rights have emerged from the region.

There were reports of custodial beatings from Addu on Saturday. US Envoy Robert Blake met both the current president, Mohammed Waheed Hassan, and the former president, Mohammed Nasheed, on Saturday to express Washington's concerns about it.

"We heard reports, for example in Addu, that there were quite serious violations of human rights," he said. "There were reports of beatings. There were reports that lawyers of those who were in detention have not had access to those in detention, so I think it's very important that the current government uphold the highest standards of the human rights," Blake added.

Meanwhile, Hassan has said he is ready to face an independent investigation into the transfer of power, after Nasheed said he would challenged his ouster in the country's apex court.

Commonwealth ministers are expected to meet soon to discuss the situation in the country.

Meanwhile, Nasheed on Saturday hit out at India in an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN. He said he was disappointed with India's reaction to the mutiny in his country. "There was no understanding between the Indian authorities and us. That remains an issue of concern," he said.

He said that he hoped that Maldives would change its course soon.