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Judicial independence in the Maldives

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt expresses the UK's "continued support" for the democratic process in the Maldives.

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt welcomed the progress being made in the Maldives towards resolving the political stalemate which has unsettled the country in recent weeks. Last week the Parliament passed the Judges Act and endorsed the nominees to the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice, all of which had previously been subject to deadlock by the political parties.

Minister Burt said:

“I have spoken to senior Government, Parliamentary and Opposition figures in the light of this welcome step forward, to express the UK’s continued support for the democratic process in the Maldives, which is so essential for the country’s future. This has been a difficult time, but we continue to urge all parties to work together to resolve their differences, so that the people of the Maldives can have renewed confidence in the political and constitutional process.”

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Published 18 August 2010