Male’, Maldives – The former President of Maldives, Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, who is currently serving a five year sentence in jail, calls out the people to defeat the current ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the upcoming elections.
During the recent protest that was held by the opposition party on sea, the president of People’s National Congress (PNC) party of Maldives and leader of the joint opposition coalition of PPM and PNC, Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey) informed that he visited Yameen in his jail in Maafushi before he attended the protest.
Adhurey relayed Yameen’s message to the public and said that he called on everyone to defeat MDP in the upcoming elections. According to Adhurey, Yameen noted that he is willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of the Maldivians.
During the protest, Adhurey also announced that Yameen stressed that no matter what the situation is, he will not leave the country and go. Yameen called out everyone to be determined and to continue to fight so they can defeat the incumbent government in the upcoming elections.
Adhurey also said that to do this, Yameen urged that one of the most important thing that the public can do for him, and for the country is to defeat the ruling party in the upcoming elections and to show the results from the ballot boxes.
Yameen was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering in November 2019 with a fine of USD 5 million. This is because, Yameen received over USD 1 million of government money through a private company as part of a deal to lease a number of tropical islands for hotel development.
While Yameen serves his sentence, his verdict has been appealed at High Court and his supporters continue to protest on the streets, and on the sea of Male’ as well, demanding the release of their president.