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Maldives rushes to soothe concerns over "selling" Faafu atoll amidst criticism

Aishath Mihna Nasih
23 February 2017, MVT 11:53
MP Abdulla Khaleel. PHOTO: Mihaaru
Aishath Mihna Nasih
23 February 2017, MVT 11:53

The Maldives government plans to conduct a massive project in Faafu Atoll the likes of which has never been seen before, proclaimed lawmaker of Nilandhoo constituency Abdulla Khaleel as he firmly assured that the atoll's citizens will not be evacuated.

Amidst heavy criticism from the opposition over rumours that the government plans to sell off parts of Faafu atoll to Saudi Arabia, MP Khaleel posted on his Facebook that the atoll will still remain under state control, and that the constitution of the Maldives will not be violated despite the major project. He further denied the rumours that any part of the atoll would be put up for sale.

Some of the rumours circulating on social media allege that the government’s “plan” to sell off parts of Faafu atoll to Saudi Arabia is debilitating to public interest.

Meanwhile, main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and religiously conservative Adhaalath Party have condemned the selling of any atoll or part of the Maldives which hinders the interests of the citizens.

In separate statements released by the two parties, they declared that such an action would cause irrevocable damage to the residents of Faafu Atoll.

Adhaalath also stated that it is a cowardly act of the parliament to amend the Constitution enabling the government to sell off land to foreign states.

Moreover, Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom has also urged the government to reveal the details of the project rumoured to sell off Faafu Atoll.

Maumoon noted that the secrecy surrounding the project is causing much concern to the atoll's people.

The former president further expressed hopes that the nation will remain independent without falling under external influence, as he called for a referendum prior to any such ventures.

It is noteworthy that the government has not yet given any official statements regarding this project.

Meanwhile, President Yameen had earlier declared that the project of Faafu Atoll will open the atoll to the whole world and will create numerous job opportunities.