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"Qasim's statements testimony to his involvement in orchestrating a coup"

27 February 2018, MVT 01:42
Jumhoory Party leader Qasim Ibrahim (C) and Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon (L) at a joint opposition parliamentary group meeting. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
27 February 2018, MVT 01:42

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has stated that statements expressed by the leader of Jumhoory Party Qasim Ibrahim in an interview strongly criticising president Yameen and his government, are testimony to his involvement in orchestrating a coup to bring down the elected government of Maldives.

In an interview given to opposition-aligned Raajje TV, Qasim had said, “when we issued a verdict on February 1, it wasn’t accepted;” Qasim was referring to the landmark ruling of the apex court on February 1, ordering to free nine prominent political leaders and reinstating 12 parliamentarians who were unseated for floor-crossing.

The opposition leader, who is currently residing in Germany, had fired criticism at the government for failing to comply with the top court’s ruling and for arresting Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Abdullah Saeed, Justice Ali Hameed and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

Qasim also noted that the constitution was no longer abided in the country and the mandate of the security institutions was in a questionable state.

He also stressed that the constitution of the Maldives was compiled expertly and all leaders assuming office should abide by it.

The ruling party’s deputy leader Abdul Raheem had countered Qasim’s criticisms at a press conference held Sunday, by accusing the Jumhoory Party leader of orchestrating the top courts' ruling of February 1. He also accused the opposition leaders of making a unanimous effort in rallying behind the plan to issue the Supreme Court ruling.

PPM’s deputy leader had also called on relevant state authorities to garner efforts to extradite Qasim back to the Maldives in any way possible, and arrest him.

He also urged the citizens to be vigilant of how the local business tycoon spends his wealth and called on security institutions to take action against the leader of Jumhoory Party as he was responsible for the current tensions in the country.

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