Maldives has been seething with angry voices against the dictatorial rule of President Abdulla Yameen. Different leaders came together to form the the Maldives United Opposition (MUO) on March 24, leading a fight against the exploitation of Yameen.
The fact that Yameen’s stepbrother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who served as the president of Maldives from 1978 to 2008, has joined hands with the opposition speaks volumes about the political upheaval that prevails in the country. Gayoom was expelled from his own party, the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), and has now joined forces under the MUO umbrella with former President Mohamed Nasheed, president of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and two other former coalition partners of Yameen’s government.
There has been uneasiness in air for some time. Last month, the Maldivian Police not only arrested protesters and journalists but raided and seized pamphlets and documents from the Maldivian Democratic Party’s office. The growing discomfort among the people is linked to Saudi King Salman’s ambitious plan to start a development project in Maldives’ Faafu Atoll.
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