Mohamed Nasheed

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Mohamed Nasheed

Maldivian politician and one of the founders of the Maldivian Democratic Party, who served as the fourth President of the Maldives from 2008 to 2012 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1967.

Countries: Maldives (50%), United States (19%), United Kingdom (14%)

Main connections: Maldives, Maldivian Democratic Party, Tufts University

Linked to: Maldivian Democratic Party, Adhaalath Party, Jumhoory Party, Dauntsey's School




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Mohamed Nasheed was born in 1967 add something


He attended Majeediyya School in the Maldives, between 1971 and 1981 add something


He continued his secondary school education overseas at the Overseas School of Colombo, from 1981 to 1982 until he completed his GCE Ordinary Level Certificate add something


In August 1982 he moved to the United Kingdom where he completed his Higher Secondary Education at the Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire add something


Straight after his A-Levels, Nasheed moved north to Liverpool where he spent the next three years reading for a Bachelor of Arts in Maritime Studies at Liverpool Polytechnic , graduating in 1989 add something


Nasheed was held in prison for an article in the political magazine "Sangu", published in 1990, alleging the government of rigging the 1989 General election add something


He was named an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience in 1991 add something


On 8 April 1992, he was sentenced to three years in prison on that charge add something


He was released in June 1993, re-arrested in 1994 and 1995 add something


In 1996 he was sentenced to two years imprisonment for an article he had written about the 1993 and 1994 Maldivian elections, and was again designated a prisoner of conscience add something


In 1999, he was elected as a Member of Parliament representing Malé add something


In September 2003 Nasheed requested that a doctor view the body of Hassan Evan Naseem, a 19-year-old prisoner who had died in Maafushi Jail while serving a term for drug possession add something


In November 2003 Nasheed left the Maldives and joined Mohamed Latheef to help establish the Maldivian Democratic Party , in self-exile, in Sri Lanka and the UK. He was recognised as a political refugee by the British government in 2004 add something


Maldives - The dissident journalist and activist Mohamed Nasheed founded the Maldivian Democratic Party in 2003 and pressured Gayoom into allowing gradual political reforms


After about 18 months, Nasheed returned to Malé on 30 April 2005 add something


With the decision to allow political parties in the Maldives on 2 June 2005 and the official recognition of the MDP's existence, Nasheed accelerated his support campaigns for the party add something


On 12 August 2005 Nasheed was arrested again when he was sitting in the center of the Republican Square, with supporters of MDP, to mark the second anniversary of the Black Friday add something


However, on 22 August 2005, the state announced that Nasheed was to be charged with terrorism under the Terrorism Act. add something


In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Nasheed ran for the post of President and along-side him stood the Gaumee Itthihaad's candidate Mohammed Waheed Hassan as the Vice Presidential Candidate on an MDP ticket; this was the first time the country had held a multiparty presidential election by popular vote add something


Following the election, Nasheed and Waheed were sworn in as the President and Vice President of the Maldives on 11 November 2008 in a special session of the People's Majlis at Dharubaaruge add something


In the October 2008 presidential election, opposition coalition defeated Gayoom in the second round, assuming office on 11 November 2008 add something


Maldives - In 2008 a new constitution was approved and the first direct presidential elections occurred, which were won by Mohamed Nasheed in the second round


Maldives - In 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed announced plans to look into purchasing new land in India, Sri Lanka, and Australia because of his concerns about global warming, and the possibility of much of the islands being inundated with water from rising sea levels


Ahmed Shaheed - After Gayoom was defeated in the October 2008 presidential election, his successor, Mohamed Nasheed, reappointed Shaheed as Foreign Minister in November 2008


Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party - The party's leader is Ahmed Thasmeen Ali, preceded by former President of the Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who was defeated in the October 2008 presidential elections - the first multi-party election of Maldives by Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldivian Democratic Party


A documentary about Nasheed's efforts to halt climate change, "The Island President", was filmed throughout 2009 and 2010 add something


With regard to the threat posed to the very low-lying islands by changes in sea level caused by global warming, in March 2009 Nasheed pledged to set an example by making the Maldives carbon-neutral within a decade by moving to wind and solar power add something


In September 2009 at the global premiere of the "Age of Stupid", Nasheed was presented with a "Not Stupid" Award for his efforts to tackle climate change and for the Maldives' announcement to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world add something


On Earth Day 2010 Nasheed was awarded the United Nations' Champions of the Earth Award add something


On 10 December 2010 the Supreme Court of Maldives ruled that the ministers not endorsed by the parliament cannot remain in their posts, and requested their immediate resignation from office add something


Cabinet of the Maldives - On December 13, 2010, President Nasheed appointed 2 new ministers and acting ministers for 4 more offices


In a 2011 interview with "The Guardian", British Prime Minister David Cameron described Nasheed as 'my new best friend' and said that he, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy and John Key would be the five world leaders Cameron would invite on his stag weekend add something


The film won the Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and opened in New York City on 28 March 2012 add something


In March 2011 following his official visit to the Republic of Mauritius, he was decorated by President Anerood Jugnauth and was awarded the highest distinct order of merit in the country, the Grand Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean during the official lunch hosted by Jugnauth at the Château of Réduit add something


An opposition alliance was formed on December 2011, including all the parties that supported the President in his 2008 presidential race add something


On 6 February 2012, the Maldives Police Service declined to use force to control or disperse the protests and joined the protest add something


In early hours of 7 February 2012, President Mohamed Nasheed was seen inside the military headquarters add something


On 7 February 2012 Mohamed Nasheed resigned in front of local media from his presidency under disputed circumstances, following weeks of protests by opposition which had been joined by majority of military and police forces add something


On 28 June 2012, Nasheed received the James Lawson Award from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict at Tufts University in Massachusetts, US. The award was given to "recognize his leadership in opposing the long dictatorial regime that lasted before his election and to recognize his opposition to the armed coup earlier this year which forced him from power, and his renewed nonviolent action on behalf of restoring genuine democracy in his country" add something


On 8 October 2012, Nasheed was arrested after violating a court order not to leave Malé Atoll, the atoll on which the Maldivian capital is located add something


Maldivian Democratic Party - On February 8, 2012, MDP Spiritual Leader Mohamed Nasheed comforted his terrorist youth wing to burn all the Courts in the Islands of Maldives and terrorize the police


On 13 February 2013, Nasheed was reported to have taken refuge inside the Indian High Commission in Malé after a Maldivian court issued an arrest warrant against him and ordered the police to detain him add something


On 5 March 2013, Nasheed was arrested on charges of abuse of office add something


Progressive Party of Maldives - On November 17 2013, PPM became the ruling party of Maldives after it's candidate Yameen Abdul Gayoom won the 2013 Maldivian Presidential Election, defeating "MDP" Candidate Mohamed Nasheed in the runoff


After numerous stops and starts, his trial remains unresolved and halted as of Feb 16, 2014 add something


After numerous stops and starts, his trial remains unresolved and halted as of May 2014 add something


In February 2015, Nasheed was arrested and ordered to stand trial for his decision to arrest Abdulla Mohamed in 2012 add something


On 13 March 2015, Nasheed was sentenced to thirteen years in prison for abducting Abdulla Mohamed add something


Amal Alamuddin - On April 7, 2015, it was announced that Clooney would be part of the legal team defending Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, in his ongoing arbitrary detention


Mr Mohamed Nasheed, who is serving 13 year jail term on terror charges, was granted 30 days leave for a back surgery, which expired on 22 January 2016 add something


In May 2016, the U.K. government granted Nasheed political refugee status add something


On November 26, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned Nasheed's sentence, saying that he had been charged wrongfully and the case against him should have not gone to trial add something