MDA calls out to strengthen security measures in Maldives

Deputy Leader of MDA and MP of Kudahuvadhoo Constituency Ahmed Amir | photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) has called out to investigate why dangerous attacks are happening in Maldives and added that the security measures must be strengthened to prevent such attacks.

Speaking to local media outlet Sun, Deputy leader of MDA and MP of Kudahuvadhoo Constituency Ahmed Amir said that the party strictly condemns the attack on Former President and Current Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed. He also wished a speedy recovery for the Speaker saying that such type of things should not be happening in Maldives.

MP Amir further went on to highlight that such terrorism attacks have previously happened in Maldives as well. He noted the explosion at Sultan Park in 2007 and the bomb explosion in the launch of Former President Abdullah Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

This party believes that the reason why such attacks are happening must be properly investigated and the necessary security measures must be strengthened. This incident must be taken very seriously and we must get to the origin of this. We strictly condemn this attack on the Speaker.

MP Ahmed Amir

The explosion which went off around 20:20 tonight left Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people have also been reported to be injured from the explosion.

Speaker Nasheed is being treated at ADK hospital and his vitals are now stable according to the hospital. Several high level people including the President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Home Minister Imran gathered near the hospital to check on the Speaker’s health last night.

Several other parties in addition to MDA, condemns this attempted assassination on the Former President. This includes the PPM/PNC opposition coalition who also said that the perpetrators behind the attack must be found and strictly punished.

Speaking in an address to the nation following the incident last night, President Solih told that the perpetrators would face the full force of the law and that the government would take every necessary measure to ensure the safety and security of the people.

President Solih had also revealed that government would receive assistance from the Australian Federal Police in the investigation into the explosion and that they would arrive on Saturday to aid Maldives’ authorities in the investigation.