Maldives independence is being sold to India: MP Hussain Sembe

Parliament member of Faresmathoda constituency, Hussain Mohamed Latheef (Sembe) | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – The MP of Faresmaathoda Hussain Mohamed Latheef says that the Maldives independence is being sold to India.

The parliamentarian warned that the incumbent government is selling off the independence of Maldives to India, and cautioned the citizens to be wise about the long term impact of the present actions on future generations.

While the exact reason for his tweet is unclear, the opposition has condemned the government’s reliance on India regarding various development projects taking place across the country.

The opposition has criticized the government regarding the UTF agreement with India, with the the leaders of the two parties, PPM and PNC, deciding to appeal to the Supreme Court citing that the defence agreement that may possibly hinder the freedom of Maldives.

They have also condemned the establishment of an Indian consulate in the southernmost Addu City, sparking a debate about the purpose of such a consulate in Addu city, claiming it to be a step forward to expand Indian military influence over the nation. Additionally, the opposition has criticized the loans taken from the Indian EXIM Bank for development purposes.

In the most recent development before the tweet by MP Hussain, the newly elected President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid appointed Ambassadors Nagaraj Naidu Kumar as Chef du Cabinet.