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MDP calls for probe into graft rumours surrounding Saudi aid

Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 November 2017, MVT 11:11
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Fathmath Shaahunaz
09 November 2017, MVT 11:11

Main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has called on the authorities to investigate allegations of corruption surrounding the aid provided by Saudi Arabia for development projects.

In a statement released in support of Saudi Arabia’s new movement against extremist ideologies and endeavours for modern development, MDP highlighted the recents accusations that funds donated by the Arab kingdom for major projects in the Maldives had been embezzled and exploited. Calling on authorities to probe the rumours, MDP declared its support for Saudi Arabia’s new efforts to combat corruption.

MDP had voiced its support for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s declaration of establishing religious moderation in Saudi Arabia as well as ensure more rights for women.

The party further welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to expand its economy, which is heavily dependent on oil exports, into other industries. MDP expressed hopes that Saudi Arabia’s new direction will provide better living for the monarchy’s citizens.

MDP also harshly condemned the latest ballistic missile launched by Huthi rebels in Yemen against Saudi capital Riyadh, which was successfully intercepted by the Saudi military.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently experiencing a sweeping shift of reform and governance under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman The latest shock was the mass arrest of 11 princes and four ministers in a graft crackdown, marking the biggest purge of the Saudi elite in modern history. While opinions are divided regarding the development, Saudi Arabia has assured investors that the purge would not affect businesses.

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