Maumoon accuses govt of coercion in upping ruling party members

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

Leader of ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom alleged that some people are being coerced to become members of PPM, which goes against the Constitution of the Maldives.

In the midst of rumors that civil servants have been forced to become members of the party, Maumoon released a statement late Monday stating that he does not have any involvement in the matter.

Maumoon noted that signing to a party should be an independent decision of the individual which no one may influence. However, he reported receiving complaints that people are being forced over the decision. Declaring that it must be stopped immediately, Maumoon said that some members are being signed to the party for a second time as well.

Maumoon urged to stop any such actions in the name of the ruling party PPM.

Furthermore, he highlighted that government assets are being used to conduct activities of the party. Condemning the actions, Maumoon claimed it is another violation of the Constitution that is occurring due to the negligence of Cabinet Ministers and government board members.

This statement was released at a time when PPM has announced that over 11,000 membership forms had been signed by new members within a single day during a campaign initiated by First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim.

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