Male’, Maldives – Opposition Coalition leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey) warns against following MDP decree to impose State of Emergency in Maldives, the country when it does not have such a situation.
On July 25, ruling party, MDP passed a motion to impose State of Emergency in Maldives to give Police an opportunity to arrest the terrorists in the country.
Speaking to local media outlet “Adhadhu”, Adhurey expressed his opinion that he is unsure of MDP’s purpose after imposing State of Emergency in Maldives. Although the passed decree was to arrest terrorists in the country, Adhurey stated that it is not clearly on exactly what group of people they are talking about.
They have not mentioned what kind of people terrorists are or extremists are. So who exactly are they trying to arrest?Opposition Coalition leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey).
While the motion was presented by the ruling party’s President and current Speaker, Mohamed Nasheed and was passed with the vote of 39 members, out of the 43 members present in the National Council of MDP, without consulting the President, the government has so far not responded not he act.
Adhurey stated that if the government agrees to act on the decree, then “fear will spread within the country.”
At the interview, Adhurey also noted that the Maldives Police Service has arrested multiple individuals who are suspected to have played a huge role in the terror attack against Speaker Nasheed on May 06. Hence, he questioned again on who MDP is targeting to arrest by imposing State of Emergency in Maldives.
Accepting that there are extremists present in the Maldives, Adhurey stated that he is not clear on which type of people MDP is trying to arrest, or on how they would recognize such people. He questioned whether those people would have longer beard, or would they be recognized from the type of cloths they are wearing.
It will not be acceptable to call a certain people that the government or MDP wants extremists, and to arrest them.Opposition Coalition leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla (Adhurey).
The 241 Committee inquiry and the information revealed by the Police so far informs that extremism has spread to a national risk level in the country. Although multiple authorities have instructed the government to impose protective measures against extremism, the government has not yet officially announced that they have imposed any measures.
Although the MDP Council passed such a motion, the law states that only the President has the right to announce State of Emergency in the country. However, since the motion to impose State of Emergency has been passed by the National Council of MDP, the government will be more pressurized into officially announce State of Emergency in the country.