Relations between Presidents and their Vice Presidents can be difficult.
Judging from what Waheed has said about Nasheed since taking over the latter’s job, and from what Waheed’s Political Advisor Dr Hassan Saeed said about Waheed’s time as VP, I imagine exchanges between the duo going something like this:
We may never know the ins and outs of the Waheed-Nasheed relationship. What we can infer, from the evidence before us, is that Waheed’s feelings about Nasheed were deep enough for him to collude with a group of power-hungry men and women conspiring to bring about the downfall of a democratically elected government, of which he was a part.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, when asked for his views about politicians on Twitter, famously replied: ‘Too many tweets might make a twat.” Cameron was discussing the instantaneousness of modern communication, and the perils of politicians Tweeting without thinking.
It should be said that neither side of the divided Maldivian political landscape are too keen to listen to Cameron right now. The authoritarians have a bone to pick with him for declaring President Nasheed his ‘new best friend’ and ‘ideal stag party-companion’ not long before the coup; and Nasheed’s supporters aren’t happy with him for abandoning his new best friend at the first sign of trouble. But, on lessons about Tweeting, Cameron’s advice is spot on for Maldivian politicians.