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PM Modi may visit Maldives in November after swearing-in of Solih govt

NEW DELHI: The government is contemplating a visit by PM Narendra Modi to the Maldives in November after the swearing-in of the new government which will be headed by opposition leader Ibrahim Solih.
Sources said there are already feelers from the joint opposition that Modi will be invited for Solih’s oath-taking. However, Modi could also visit Male a few weeks after the new government is sworn in.

The Maldives remains the only Saarc country which Modi hasn’t visited yet. Now that a pro-India government is all set to take over, the government believes a visit by Modi is necessary to express solidarity with Solih and other leaders who steadfastly resisted President Abdulla Yameen and his draconian policies.

AP though reported Wednesday that Yameen was still working on ways to remain in power despite having conceded defeat in the presidential election.

Joint opposition spokesman Ahmed Mahloof told AP that Yameen was planning to complain to the Maldives Election Commission about the conduct of the vote and pressure it to delay releasing the final results, due Sunday. “Mahloof said Yameen is also trying to get police officers loyal to him to prepare intelligence reports saying the election was flawed,” said the report. Indian officials here expressed hope of a smooth transition of power and said they were closely monitoring the situation.

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