Source Pravda.Ru

Maldivian government promise to accelerate democratic reforms - Comments

The Maldivian government on Friday promised to accelerate democratic reforms in the Indian Ocean archipelago, where President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has governed his 300,000 people with tight controls since 1978. Gayoom, the longest running head of state in South Asia, promised political reforms last year following international pressure sparked by allegations of torture of political prisoners, and a series of anti-government riots in 2003

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