The “Commission of National Inquiry (CONI)” formed by President Dr Mohamed Waheed, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the change of government on 7th February 2012, completed its work on scheduled on 30 August and had made public their findings.
According to the report of the CONI, it is clear that the change of government in the Maldives on 7th February 2012 was legal and constitutional. The report also said that the events that occurred on 6th and 7th February 2012 were in large measure, reactions to the actions of former President Nasheed, and that the resignation of President Nasheed was voluntary and of his own free will, and was not caused by any illegal coercion or intimidation.
Addressing the nation after the CONI report was made public, President Dr. Mohamed Waheed said that it has now become clear that the transfer of power on February 7th was legitimate, and called on everyone to stop questioning the legitimacy of the government.
“This is now the time to stop brutality. This is the time for political leaders to show their leadership and the time to put the nation’s interest before individual interests. This is the time to learn from lessons of the past and the time for peaceful dialogue and constructive consultation”, said the President.
The President further assured that he would implement recommendations of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives in their report, regarding the transfer of power on February 7th, to institute a series of administrative and legal reforms. He also said that it was imperative that sittings of the People’s Majlis resume in order implementing those reforms.
CONI was formed by President Dr. Waheed on 17th June 2012. The Commission consists of 5 members, including a member representing former President Nasheed, and 2 advisors. The Commission was co-chaired by a retired judge from Singapore. The two advisors were from Canada and New Zealand.