Opposition raises concerns over allegations by Maldives MP

The joint opposition today raised concerns over the allegations made by a Maldivian Parliamentarian that Sri Lanka is assisting the Maldives opposition to overthrow the Maldives Government.

Jjoint opposition Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa tweeted saying the accusations emerging from the Maldives in troubling.

“The accusation emerging from is troubling. has always had a non-interventionist policy & most definitely has never plotted to overthrow regimes. Hope that policy hasn’t changed,” he tweeted.

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)’s Deputy Leader and Villifushi MP Abdullah Riyaz made strong indictments against Sri Lanka, alleging that the country’s Government is aiding the Maldives’ opposition in its attempts to overthrow the ruling Government.

At a PPM press conference on Tuesday, MP Riyaz had said that throughout the Maldives’ history, it had seen traitors who attempted to seize power from leaders and that the opposition’s actions are reminiscent of the people who had rebelled in the past.

He had then gone on to say that the Sri Lankan Government knows what the opposition has planned and that they are also an instrumental part of the opposition’s plans.

Speaking to Mihaaru, MP Riyaz highlighted how there was a civil unrest in Sri Lanka for years, and said that it had affected the country’s average citizens the most. He said he did not want to see the Maldives plummet in that manner, and asked whether that is the fate that the Maldives’ historic ally Sri Lanka wanted for it.

“They know very well the tribulations of a civil unrest – they were in conflict for years. Why would they want that for anybody else? But sadly, I think that’s what we’re seeing now – the Sri Lankan Government backing potential plans to overthrow a democratically elected government,” the ruling party’s deputy leader said.

MP Riyaz, at a press conference on Tuesday, had even claimed that a lot of the Maldives’ neighbouring countries are “jealous” of its recent successes and said that the only reason it is still a sovereign nation is because the will of the people is strong.

“We now know the individuals who had tried to impeach former presidents Mohamed Ameen and Ibrahim Nasir. We even know who had tried to overthrow Maumoon Abdul Gayoom,” MP Riyaz said. “And a particular family has been masterminding these treacheries throughout our history,” MP Riyaz said, hinting at former president Mohamed Nasheed’s family.

Since Nasheed’s exile, he frequently visits Sri Lanka for political discussions. The country, which hosts a large population of Maldivian citizens, is also now home to a few of Nasheed’s loyalists who live in self-exile. (Colombo Gazette)


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