Direction in which Maldives is headed must change, says Maumoon

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom at a press conference. PHOTO: MOHAMED SHARUHAAN/MIHAARU

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom at a press conference. PHOTO: MOHAMED SHARUHAAN/MIHAARU

Former president and leader of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Maumoon Abdul Gayoom declared that no one is pleased with the direction in which the Maldives is going, hence it is now obligatory for the people to change it.

He made the remark in a statement he released in commemoration of National Day on Wednesday, saying that no well-wisher would like the current situation of the country.

The former president highlighted that it is utmost important to protect our religion of Islam and uphold the independence and sovereignty of the nation whilst guarding its natural resources. He added that a stable democracy is required that human rights should be upheld while the integrity of the nation’s independent bodies and judiciary remain transparent and free from any influence.

Furthermore, he urged all political parties to integrate and work to achieve a better future for the nation.

Meanwhile, the ruling party has been divided into two factions after major disputes between the half brothers Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

Maumoon has withdrawn his support for the government and condemned the decisions of the government saying that they are against the charter of PPM.

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