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Ex-pres return a great boost to reform efforts: JP leader

Aishath Mihna Nasih
15 June 2017, MVT 13:37
Opposition leaders pictured at Velana International Airport after receiving former President Maumoon PHOTO:Hussain Waheed/Mihaaru
Aishath Mihna Nasih
15 June 2017, MVT 13:37

Leader of Jumhoory Party (JP) Qasim Ibrahim proclaimed that it is a great boost to the joint reform works of the opposition coalition to have Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom back in the Maldives.

Speaking to the press after receiving  former President Maumoon in capital Male, Qasim said that Maumoon’s long experience and ideology will take the reform efforts to a new height.

He added that the opposition next wants to see the day when convicted Former President Mohamed Nasheed can also return to the Maldives.

Parliamentary Group leader of main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) Ibrahim Mohamed Solih reiterated that it is a huge encouragement to have former President Maumoon back in the country and declared that the opposition coalition will remain together to achieve their goals.

Chair of MDP’s Foreign Committee Abdulla Shahid, who had also served in Maumoon’s administration, stated that several written documents were sent to authorities urging that the public would want to receive Maumoon. However, he said that no authority responded to the matter.

He further declared that no matter the obstruction they have to face, the love and loyalty of Maldivian citizens towards the leaders of the reform movement will never come to an end.

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom returned late Wednesday after three months abroad. He went abroad on March 8 with his wife Nasreena Ibrahim to visit the latter’s younger sister, Fareesha Ibrahim, who was receiving medical treatment in Singapore. She passed away on May 31.

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