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Maldives pres running for second term doubtful, says ex-minister

Aishath Mihna Nasih
16 April 2017, MVT 13:36
Ex-Minister Ameen speaking at Opposition rally PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru
Aishath Mihna Nasih
16 April 2017, MVT 13:36

Former minister of President's Office Abdulla Ameen remarked that it is probable to not see President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s name in the ballots of Presidential Elections 2018.

Speaking at an opposition rally held Saturday, Ameen noted that during the campaign, President Yameen vowed to work along with all kinds of political ideologies only to shatter all of his promises along with high hopes after becoming president.

Stressing that the winds have changed, Ameen said that the required amount has now been achieved and that it is not expectable to have President Yameen’s name on the ballot paper.

Speaking for the first time at the joint reform rally, Ameen added that the efforts of the opposition is now a national duty rather than a political work.

In addition, highlighting that Maldivians have so far achieved all that they have wished for, Ameen said that the reform work would not be stopped until the courts provide justice.

He further slammed the government by saying that bringing development to obstruct the reform work would not bring accomplishment and that Maldivians are now in dire need of upholding their rights and promoting justice.

“There is a long way to reach the desired development. We shall be taken on that journey by these [opposition] leaders,” said Ameen.

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