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Assault attempts on opposition presidential candidate during campaign

Shaina Abdulla
11 July 2018, MVT 15:35
Opposition coalition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed 'Ibu' Solih and his campaign team arriving in Hulhumale as part of the door-to-door campaign.
Shaina Abdulla
11 July 2018, MVT 15:35

Opposition coalition presidential candidate and Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)'s parliamentary group leader, Ibrahim "Ibu" Mohamed Solih was the target of an attack while in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale on Tuesday, as part of his door-to-door campaign.

The campaign was obstructed for the second time when packets filled with engine oil were thrown at the campaign team as they were leaving the Coralville Apartments in Hulhumale. The oil had landed on MDP's chairperson Hassan Latheef, MDP vice president Mohamed Shifaz and former Male City Council's mayor Ibrahim Shihab.

The opposition presidential candidate was earlier targeted to an assault attack upon arrival to Hulhumale the same day. However, MP Ibu, along with his campaign team, continued the campaign despite obstruction.

Ibu is currently being guarded by two former military officers of the police's Special Protection Group, who were dismissed following the political strife that erupted after the landmark Supreme Court ruling on February 1.

Opposition has been slamming the government over campaign inequality to the opposition parties ahead of the upcoming presidential elections slated for September.

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