MDP calls to investigate threats against MP Rozaina

Speaker of the Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed with MP of Addu Meedhoo constituency, Rozaina Adam. | Photo: Twitter

Malé, Maldives – Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has called on the relevant authorities to investigate the threats made against MDP Women’s Wing President and Addu Meedhoo Member of Parliament Rosina Adam.

In a statement, the MDP urged the people to treat each other with respect and not to endanger the other in the course of political rivalry. Also, freedom of expression is not so extensive as to call for violence against another person.

“This party will not support anything that calls for violence against anyone and encourages crime. It will always believe that the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution should be exercised within the legal framework without contradicting the principles of Islam,” the statement said.

The MDP said it is one of the main pillars of the party to bring women into politics and facilitate opportunities for women in the political arena. The MDP also condemns the call for open violence against one of the four women members of Parliament and the party’s Women’s Wing president.

This comes while following the difference of opinion within the MDP between the two leaders, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the party’s President Mohamed Nasheed, Rozaina has been a pro-Solih supporter on the government side. She is known for defending President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and criticizing Nasheed’s actions without hesitation.

“The President of the Women’s Wing of this party and Addu Meedhoo Member of Parliament Rozaina Adam has been threatened and called for torture by some people. The party calls on the relevant authorities to investigate and take necessary action,” the statement said.

Recently, MP Rozaina and Speaker Nasheed’s faction have clashed on social media after Rozaina accused Speaker Nasheed of running the account in the name of Hassan Kurusee on Twitter. Following which other MDP members and Rozaina have been exchanging verbal attacks on social media.

MP Rozaina Adam has been highly vocal against Speaker Nasheed in the recent times. Rozaina had previously spoken against Speaker Nasheed following Nasheed’s allegations of receiving explicit pictures of President Solih after his younger brother was arrested over homosexuality. 

Speaker Nasheed had also proposed to remove MP of Addu Meedhoo constituency, Rozaina Adam from the party back in 2020. 

Nasheed called for her dismissal after major differences in opinion arose between MP Rozaina, who is a long-serving member of MDP and Nasheed. He announced his proposal to remove rozaina from the party in on a WhatsApp group of MDP where he said, “I propose the dismissal of Rozaina from MDP.”

The move against MP Rozaina comes not long after Nasheed’s attempts to oust Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail from his post through a motion of no confidence were commenced. The move had also led to stark differences within MDP, with some MPs supporting Minister Fayyaz.

Nasheed has also directed attacks at MP Rozaina. A message sent to the Whatsapp group of MDP parliamentarians read that “no member would be caught in the trap” set by MP Rozaina. He added that he himself was not a child and that he would not allow separate powerbases and networks inside the party to exist.

MP Rozaina signed as a member of MDP on November 21, 2013 after serving as the deputy leader of DRP. After joining MDP, MP Rozaina had said that one of the reasons why she was proud to be a part of MDP was the courage shown by Nasheed, who had recently been ousted from the Presidency. MP Rozaina’s spouse MP for Kinbidhoo Ahmed Nashiz is also a member of MDP.