Maldives mired in political uncertainty: Reports

Maldives mired in political uncertainty: Reports

President Abdulla Yameen faces uncertain times as his opponents plan to take him down. (Getty)

Male, Maldives | Aug 26, 2016, 10.23 AM (IST)

Exiled Maldives leaders' visit to Sri lanka on Wednesday has fuelled speculation of President Abdulla Yameen's imminent ouster, the Maldives Independent reported. 

The small island nation has been in the throes of political uncertainty ever since BBC reported about a plot hatched by Yameen's opponents to remove him. 

Prominent opposition leaders — former president Mohamed Nasheed, former vice president Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed and Maldivian Democratic Party chairman Ali Waheed — reached Colombo to take part in discussions with the Lankan establishment.

Mihaaru, a local news outlet, reported that Nasheed would take part in an "important sit-down over the present crisis in the Maldives". 
 
Meanwhile, Yameen's spokesman Ibrahim Shihab told the BBC that they were aware of such a plot being made to oust the president. 

Maldives United Opposition, led by Nasheed's former deputy Dr. Jameel, has in the past vowed to overthrow the current regime and arrest incumbent president Yameen on charges of corruption. 

Meanwhile, Yameen's spokesman Ibrahim Shihab told the BBC that they were aware of such a plot being made to oust the president. 

He said the plot was "disingenuous to the people of Maldives" and a "clear breach of international legal norms". 

Shihab also dismissed BBC reports suggesting instability in the country. 

"It is a one-sided report. While they have spoken to several members of the opposition in person, we were only given a chance to respond over e-mail, after the team had flown back to India after shooting in the Maldives,"he said, referring to the BBC report that divulged details of a plot to remove Yameen. 

Yameen came to power in 2013. Since then, several political leaders including Nasheed were handed lengthy jail sentences. Nasheed was one of the leaders who received political asylum in the United Kingdom. 

(WION) 


 
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