Ministry of Home Affairs declared Tuesday that any discussion of forming a separating state is equivalent to planning a coup.
An audio was recently leaked on social media, allegedly of former President Mohamed Nasheed discussing the possibility of forming a separate state in southernmost Addu Atoll. Although he came under fire since the leak, Nasheed has not made any comments on the matter.
During 1959, Huvadhoo Atoll, Addu Atoll and Fuvahmulah Atoll formed a coalition and declared themselves a sovereign state named “United Suvadives Republic”. However, three years after the declaration, the then President Ibrahim Nasir deployed armed forces and dissolved the new republic, reestablishing Maldivian governance.
The statement released by the home ministry expressed concerns over these discussions, and stated that this was a dangerous and unconstitutional act against the government.
The ministry condemned the act as an uncivilized attempt to disrupt the unity and harmony of Maldivians. They added that it was more concerning that it was planned with a former president of the country.