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PNC, PPM insinuate threats to government

Mariyam Malsa
10 March 2019, MVT 22:53
PNC Vice President and Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla HUSSAIN WAHEED/ MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
10 March 2019, MVT 22:53

The political opposition, on Saturday, issued statements insinuating that the detainment of former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom may result in the fall of the current government.

Speaking at a joint press conference held by the People's National Congress (PNC) and the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), PNC Vice President Abdul Raheem Abdulla voiced his belief that the decision to detain Yameen would prove to be detrimental to the administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

Referencing the events following the arbitrary detention of Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed, Fonadhoo MP declared that history was set to be repeated.

In 2015, former President Nasheed resigned from his position during the unrest and was himself served a 13-year jail sentence.

Abdul Raheem stated that the administration would do well to "remember" the consequences of the previous arrest.

Althoguh PNC Vice President drew comparison to Yameen's arrest to the arbitrary arrest of the Chief Judge, the former was detained under an order issued by the Criminal Court.

At present, former President Yameen is to remain in Maafushi detainment centre until the trial and investigation of money laundering charges levied against him conclude.

Abdul Raheem also claimed that Yameen was detained because his political potential was feared.

According to the PNC Vice President, Yameen's arrest negatively impacted the campaign activities that PPM and PNC are conducting in preparation for the parliamentary election slated for April 6.

Additionally, the Fonadhoo MP highlighted that the freezing of Yameen's assets presented financial difficulties to the campaign efforts.

Noting that these factors were tactics employed to hinder the opposition's electoral success, Abdul Raheem offered his guarantee that regardless, campaign activities would be carried out to the highest extent permitted by their resources.

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