Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been expelled from the Progressive Party of Maldives, a party he founded and has led since late 2011.
The PPM’s ethics committee, whose legitimacy has been disputed by Gayoom supporters, expelled the 79-year-old on Monday night after considering a resolution forwarded by the PPM’s council, which accused him of “working with the opposition to overthrow the lawful government”.
According to the committee, the grounds for dismissal included Gayoom’s decision to work together with the opposition alliance without approval from the council and his alleged advocacy against the PPM’s principles and ideology on social media and other platforms.
The resolution for Gayoom’s expulsion was approved at an emergency council meeting presided over by his half-brother President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday.
Gayoom responded by tweeting: “Dharubaaru faction has no legal standing and cannot dismiss members from PPM. With the Grace of Allah I continue to be a member of PPM and its sole elected leader,”
Yameen faction of the divided ruling party was derisively dubbed the “Dharubaaru faction” after the state-owned Dharubaaruge convention centre was leased to set up a campaign office in October.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent