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President Solih responds to MDN 2015 report controversy

The original was published on Twitter on 7th October 2019. 

The following is a loose translation:

As prescribed in the article 10 of the Maldives Constitution, that the religion of the State of the Maldives is Islam and whilst Islam shall be the basis of all the laws of the Maldives, as the highest authority of the Maldives, through the powers vested by the Constitution, I am obligated to preserve and protect the State religion of Islam. Therefore, it is my utmost priority to stand firm by this. 

It is unacceptable that the ‘Preliminary Assessment on Radicalization in the Maldives’, a report published by the Maldivian Democratic Network in 2015, violates the tenets of Islam, the religion, and cast aspersions on Prophet Muhammad. Therefore, we will probe this matter and take legal action to maintain national and religious unity, preserve stability and harmony. 

Moreover, while expressing religious doctrine and enjoying the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution, prioritizing the interest of the whole community, I urge the public not to violate the Islamic tenets. 

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February 26, 2020 8:40 am

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