20 Feb '12, 8am

Commonwealth to discuss Maldives membership - Channel NewsAsia: via @AddThis

Commonwealth to discuss Maldives membership - Channel NewsAsia: via @AddThis

COLOMBO: A Commonwealth panel will discuss the Maldives' membership within the next week following allegations that the ousting of the president was a breach of the group's democratic standards. A three-member Commonwealth team completed investigations in the Maldives on Sunday and will report to a panel that deals with serious violations of the bloc's political values, the Commonwealth secretariat said in a statement. "Our observations and recommendations will be presented to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMEG), which will meet in London in the coming week," the team said in the statement late Sunday as it left the Maldives. Mohamed Waheed, the new president, had welcomed the Commonwealth mission to probe the fall earlier this month of his predecessor Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign in a military coup backed by Islamic extremists. Nasheed, t...

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