No extremist ideology within the incumbent government coalition: Maumoon

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom | Photo: Mihaaru

Malé, Maldives – Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom on Monday, said that there is no extremist ideology within the current ruling coalition, and that who are saying otherwise, are doing so to come into power.

Speaking to ‘Raajje Tv’ on the occasion of Independence Day, Former President Maumoon said that he does not believe that there is an extremist ideology within the government. He added that he also does not believe that the government has been overtaken or is being pressurised by extemists.

Along with this, Former President Maumoon said that the extemist accusations on the government are just mere rumours and that its how things work in the political field. He added that the people who make such baseless accusations have a motive behind doing so, which is to get the presidency.

How the political systems works is that the supporters of the ruling party will always talk about the good side of the government. The opposing parties will make up all the rumours to come into power.

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom

Former President Maumoon at his interview, addressed the bill on amendments to criminalize hate crimes, which has caused controversy within the ruling party MDP. Maumoon said that the title of the bill is very nice, however the bill cannot be implemented in an Islamic society.

Maumoon said that charging a person with criminal offences for speaking against a violation of Islamic values is not something that makes sense in an Islamic society and that he does not support this bill.