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Maldives pres seeks parliament view on extremism policy

Mohamed Visham
09 June 2016, MVT 06:48
President Yameen pictured at the airport prior to departure to Singapore recently. PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Mohamed Visham
09 June 2016, MVT 06:48

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Wednesday submitted a policy paper on Terrorism and Violent Extremism seeking the views of the parliament to address the issue.

According to the president's office the paper was submitted because of the gravity of the issue, and its possible impact on national security and the safety of the Maldivian people.

The president recognizes that terrorism and violent extremism is a global issue without boundaries, impacting on the powerful and weak alike, his office said.

"Hence, the President has also stressed the importance of urgent, additional and stronger measures to be taken nationally, both within the current legal framework, and some after amendment of the legal framework."

Issues arising from terrorism and violent extremism, both internationally and domestically, are issues which the government places a high importance in addressing, the president's office added.

The government and the opposition has continuously been at odds over the number of Maldivians joining the ongoing civil war in Syria.

The opposition has insisted that the number is at 250 which would make Maldives with the highest number of fighters in Syria per capita.

However, the government has accused the opposition of inflating the number for political gain and has always insisted that number of Maldivian jihadists in Syria to be under 50.


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