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2024-01-09 04:49:49

'Sack President, Summon Foreign Minister': Maldives Opposition Ups Attacks

New Delhi:
Maldives MP Ali Azim has called for Mohamed Muizzu to be sacked as President as the row over comments critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi grows. A second MP, Meekail Naseem, has asked Parliament to question Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer.

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  1. Mr Azim, a member of The Democrats, which broke from the Maldivian Democratic Party last year, demanded “all necessary steps to remove President Muizzu from power”, and asked the MDP – the largest opposition party – to “initiate a vote of no-confidence”.

  2. Opposition lawmakers are upping attacks on President Muizzu ahead of general elections this year. MDP leader and ex-Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi slammed the ruling party for its “short-sightedness” in potentially alienating an “age-old relationship” and referred to India as “our 911 call”. “We have always had an India first policy.”

  3. A second MDP leader, Ahmed Mahloof, who was the Youth and Sports Minister, warned of a “huge impact” on the Maldivian economy if the trend of Indian tourists boycotting his country continues; “I am deeply worried… it will be hard to recover.”

  4. Mr Mahloof’s red-flag comes after reports of mass cancellations by Indian tourists, who headline the list of foreign arrivals in the Maldives in the post-Covid era, and generate valuable foreign exchange and jobs. The country’s largest industry body – the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry – slammed “derogatory comments” directed at PM Modi.

  5. Meanwhile, former Tourism Minister, Abdulla Mausoom, appealed to Indians to disregard the words of “… any minister, junior or senior”, and urged his government to recognise the Maldives is tourism-reliant and Indian travellers are among its key sources of income.

  6. Two other senior Maldivian politicians – former President Ibrahim Solih and ex-Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid – have also criticised the comments. They condemned the use of “hateful language” and “reprehensible” remarks against India. Former Deputy Speaker Eva Abdulla told NDTV the comments were “racist” and Indians were “rightfully angry”.

  7. President Muizzu’s government called the comments “unacceptable” and Foreign Minister Moosa Zameer said on X the ruling party remains “committed to fostering a constructive dialogue with all our partners, especially our neighbours…” Three deputy ministers – Malsha Shareef, Mariyam Shiuna, and Abdulla Mahzoom Majid, all of whom worked for the Youth Ministry – have been suspended, Reuters said Sunday.

  8. The row erupted after PM Modi posted videos and images promoting the tourism industry in Lakshadweep. A #BoycottMaldives trend broke on Twitter – fuelled partly by posts from Bollywood celebrities and cricketers – and a sharp spike in interest in the union territory.

  9. India’s response has been measured; New Delhi only summoned the Maldives envoy on Monday, days after the row, and neither the PM nor Foreign Minister S Jaishankar have made public statements so far. Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Patel told NDTV the comments “challenged” India’s dignity, but he waved off talk of a public apology.

  10. The comments attacking Mr Modi underline strained ties between the India and the Maldives since Mr Muizzu, seen as a pro-China leader and on a State visit to that country till January 12, was elected President. He praised Beijing as a “valued ally” on his arrival Monday. The Chinese government has not reacted formally but the state-run Global Times referred to a “friendly and cooperative relationship” with the Maldives”.

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