Saturday, September 27, 2008

Is Hassan’s unity government the way forward?



Presidential candidate Dr. Hassan Saeed has said he plans to establish a national unity government if he wins the election scheduled for 8th October. The only independent candidate in the fray, Dr. Hassan made this momentous proposal during the official launching of his presidential manifesto at Artificial Beach Wednesday night. What are the pros and cons of this extraordinary overture?


The timing of this proposal is significant, coming as it were at a time when many people believe Hassan is in the top two in the electoral race. It signifies a shift in thinking from the election to its aftermath.

Hassan believes that a government controlled by one party is not the best option for the country at this point in time, when the country faces massive challenges that require the cooperation of one and all. Hassan has a point here. Take the drug problem for example. It is an open secret that political parties cutting across the entire spectrum have connections with drug dealers and addicts, which is the main reason why the problem has defied all solutions. This scenario is likely to continue even after the elections as long as the bitter political divisions in the society continue.


Whoever wins the election, be it Anni or Hassan or even Gayoom, the margin of victory is likely to be small. In such a situation, any government that is limited to the winning party would appear fragile and will be the target of destabilizing attacks from the opposition, particularly with the Majlis election coming up. Hassan's proposal is aimed to avoid the resulting chaos.

Dr. Hassan's proposal has come up for immediate criticism from his main rival Anni of Maldivian Democratic Party. Anni believes that a multiparty system is the only system that can effectively govern the country and bring the reforms expected by the people. He believes that a unity government will disintegrate into a dictatorship.


Examples of unity governments are rare in the world. Israel is the only established democracy that has had unity governments in the post World War II period. In that country the experiment has been successful. In Lebanon too, unity governments have been successful in keeping a modicum of stability in the bitterly divided country. In third world countries, most experiments at forming national unity governments have either failed or misfired as in Iraq.


Before one decides to discard the multiparty environment in favor of a unity government, there is an inescapable fact one must consider: All the freedoms that we enjoy today are the direct result of the party system.

16 comments:

Nazeer said...

I believe things have changed again,MDP and Dr Hassan Saeedh should join Ibra leaving any other deals behind, if MDP wants to win in this 2008 election for the people of the Maldives.

Anonymous said...

It is very difficult to make a choice. Do you think Hassan will be ok now. What about the drug treatment deal wanted to enter with Dr. Shafiu? Independent or not this is a time whn we must re elect Gayoom again. Though his government is very corrupt, I think others will be worse. Because Gayoom has already had millions in his account and he might not want to get so many cuts this time. But others will want to make maximum they can make. So just decide your vote. Gayoom may be the lesser evil of the lost.

Anonymous said...

I think you are right. But Anni is by far the best candidate and he will appoint a good pragmatic govt. He will reduce the no of ministries I think to 12 maximum. He is the best and I have greaat confidence he will free our country from the threats of mafia and gangs and corrupt government offiials and politicians. I can guarantee he will not do a favour to his father, father in law or uncle Sikka when it comes to govt business. But I think Hassan and Gasim will do favours to family and friends like Gayoom has done.

Anonymous said...

THAT IS WRIGHT. DR HASSAN IS THE MOST BEST MAN TO BECOME PRECEDENT AND HE CAN ADMINISTER THIS REPUBLIC GOOD. HE WILL BE VERY STRICT AND PUNISH WRONG DOERS. HE WILL CONTROL DRUGS AND CORRUPTION. He WILL RUN LAWS AND REGULATIONS. AND HE NKOWS ARABIC AND CAN READ AAYATH BY HEAR. BUT HE MUST MARRY A MALDIVIAN LADY. I DONT LIKE FORIN WOMAN TO BE OUR NEXT MADAM.

Anonymous said...

Are you a staunch supporter of Hassan SAeed. I think that is the reason you are on his side when you write any article in your site. Is it because of your Watanee policy. Do you think people of other atolls and Male' will want to change our capital to Addoo. I think they are mistaken. Hassan should have supported Gasim and become his mate.

Anonymous said...

Vote for Hassan SAeed.
We dont need a party esp one like MDP.WE remember all its history.THe people who left, and the state it is in.SO what party system are we talking about.

QRius said...

Like you said, a unity government is a huge risk. It has more chances of failing that a government run by one party.

In most countries, a unity government is established when there is a deadlock. I don't this is the time to think of a unity government. I think the reason why Hasan Saeed mentioned it was to win more people over to him.

I personally can't trust Hasan Saeed after the work he did back in 2004 and 2005 to crush the reform movement.

Anonymous said...

Hassan worked away from the debate like a kid.This was watched by many.Its very unlike a President to lead this nation and look into his dealings when he was AG.And not anyone time had he revealed who all are behind his campaign.Well for ANNI we always suspect his leanings toward Christianity,currently confirmed by his choice of running mate whos no love for this nation and Islam.
There are many Maldivins whothinks the mere possession of a PhD does not qualify to be President.And look at what the phd holders have done for the nation.And blame Qayyoom if u r to be balmed.
What I think is Qayyoom is still the best to rule this country.However he needs to be restrained by new legislation.Out of topic.Look at Dr.Abdulla Waheed.We lost one of the finest surgeons for the country bcos he chose to be in the admin rather than do clinical practice.
We need an iron fist ruler who loves the nation, who enforces impartial law and has no allegiance to a business tycoon or family.They are in the making, let this procees be over.

Anonymous said...

hassan is the best for what we have to day. of you guys want to emd gayyoom's dictatorship vote for hassan

www.angelfire.com/nj4/change said...

ometime these are not the kind of reviews who are not working the people would like to see but Dr Waheedh offered the change the Malivians need.
Did'nt Dr Waheedh breake through when Jumhhooree canidate suported Dr. Waheedh last night with voters who were watching said Dr Waheedh from MDP did a 70% better job than most runnuning mates.

www.angelfire.com/nj4/change said...

Sometime these are not the kind of reviews who are not working the people would like to see but Dr Waheedh (MDP) offered the change the Malivians need.
Didn't Dr Waheedh breake through when Jumhhooree canidate suported Dr. Waheedh last night with voters who were watching said Dr Waheedh from MDP did a 60% better job than most runnuning mates?

Anonymous said...

When we think our nation deeply, the future with the present messy and corrupt political system we have embraced look very gloomy. Truly I think political parties have ruined our country and drownded it in a sea of corruption. Our leaders will say in beautiful words and if posssible with sweet smelling aroma, that they will be true to he ideals and objectives of a just and fair government, alleviate the sufferings of people, ensure a better life for them, do justice to counter corruption, mafia and crime, how can they do that. Overrinding power wil be the Majlis of 72 members and most of whom backed by big money politicians, hooked to gangs and mafia. The President will have to buy a big majority of them by rewading resorts, other projects and appointing their choice of people to the cabinet, independent commissions and other important government positions. How on erathwe are going to be saved from this terrible disaster that has plagued our country. I think there sould be a miltary takeover and all perpetrators must be punished and finished. Let us pray from Allah for a better and dignified future.

Anonymous said...

It pains me when Addu people talks so much about Watony I think its a bad idea and it hurts Hassan. Also the welcome they are giving him with rose petals is not a good idea too. Things must be more simple as we want see our president with lot of humility. The way things are happening might make Hassan more bossy and perfect than Gayoom. You see Gayoom's downfall is due to his greed for self glorification and to be the perfect all rounder in everything. The last thing he will surprise us will be to sing and dance if we wins this election. But I think he is going to face a humiliating defeat.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. I think your blog is very good and he subjects you are bringing are stimulating. But seriously speaking, don't you think w must restore a heredidary monarchy in the country and have a prliamentary system. Gayoom can be proclaimed as Sultan Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Sundura Bavana Mahaa Radhn, and we can change the name of the system to parliamentary. Actually our present system is more of a parliamentary system. WE can call the country Sultanate of Maldives. There should be one more condition, Sultan must get 1/3 of the wealth of the nation. That will be really great.

sappe said...

u never focus on dr.hassan unity givernment means..., in maldives there r businesmen who do not help our individuals, they dont wanna involve any plotical party and not even social gatherin. like mujuthaba, musthafa, gadhage saleem, solah sihab, champa. he want bring these guys to cabinet. this s caled hassan's 'unity government'.
these people r maried forigners and hidin their palace, castle al these days.

Nazeer said...

Democracy could be a vital disciplining instrument in the growth of a country but democracy alone cannot eliminate corruption.
Engivadaigan'navaane fadhain democracy dhivehieenah bayeh faharu libifaiveve. Namaves mikan libifaivanee evves haalthehga e ee raiyithuge ha'qehge gothuga belevigeneh noon. Reformey kiyaigen ginabayku mihaarakah ais genvunu goiy mi blogun fenifaivaa iru, vakimeehehge echchege gothugai dhauvaa kurumakee alhugandu dhekey gothugai hamanujehey vaahaka ekeve. Kihineh tho mujuthama eh e mujthamauge dhebai kulha ehbai meehun mimasakkathuga baiveri nukoh kuri araanee. Alhugandumennah fenifaivanee hageegaiy olhey fadha khiyaaluthah fathuraigen raiythunnah takai khidhumaiythakeh kohdheykan dhakkaa leadarun thakekeve. Alhugandumen minivankan hoadhumah masakaiy kuramun dhaavaguthehga, Sarukaaruge TVeen nai radio in bunaa echchehsakee rangalhu goiy kamah gaboolkuraameehun, midhennevee vakigothakah ba'ttan kurevifaivaa mauloomaathakehgai hifehe'tifaivaa, adhi bandhevifaivaa gina bayaku thibey iru vaki party akun mi election kaamiyaabu kurumah kuramun dhaa masakkathah varah bodu huraheh elheynekan yageeneve adhi mikan midhennevi ufedhifaivaa party thakah ves varah tangalhah engeyne eve.

Raiyithunnah khidumaiy kohdeyn beynun vaanama, gulhigen ehbayku anehbayakah eheetherivumuge roohugai kanthah nukurevijje nama mihaahisaabah kurevifaivaa hurihaa kameh kaanugandah dhiumakee varah kaireegai oiy kameh.Raajjeyga ufedhifaivaa party thakun raiyithunge ha'qu hoadhai dhinumah takai akhlaagee mingandun beyrunuve masakaiy kurumakee mi vaguthu kuran jehifai vaa emme muhinmu kameve.Aiy nufoaraavaruge mu'ssandhikamaa ehaame fageerukan mashunikohgen qaum tharahgee kuraanee klihinehtho?
Amalugai thedhuveri leedarunthakeh dhivehi raaje ah vanee beynun vefa, ekamaku vaki partyeh ge gothugai ovegen mihaaru 2008ge election kaamiyaabeh nukureveyne . Mikamaa funkoh visnaa avahah amalukuran nufeshijje nama fahun hithaama kuran jeheyne.Demecracy akee alhugandmen enmen adhigen genevey democracy akah vaanjeheyiru alhugandumenge thereygai onnan jehey ehbaivanthakan fulhaavefai nuthmuge sababun, mimassakathu ulhuhvaa khaadhimun mikamaa funkoh visnaa ehbas vumakah aisgen mi election kaamiyaabu kureveytho gadha alhaa masakaiy kuran vejje.