Former President of 30 years, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.
“His visit to Delhi is part of India’s outreach to all sections of Maldivian polity. It may be recollected that former President, Nasheed, has visited India twice and President Waheed was in India in May last year,” said Indian government sources, according to the Times of India (TOI).
“He discussed issues relating to the current situation in Maldives and bilateral relations with India. He said that he looked forward to India’s continued assistance,” an official told TOI.
“As someone who was instrumental in bringing about democracy to the Maldives, former President Gayoom felt that it was his legacy and that democracy should take firm roots in Maldives and there should be understanding amongst all political parties in this regard,” the official added.
Sacked Home Minister Dr Mohamed Jameel, who was one of the main opponents of Indian infrastructure giant GMR’s development of Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), was recently announced the running mate of Gayoom’s Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM).
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"Instrumental in bringing democracy to the Maldives" ???
The fact that the Indian courts legalized same-sex marriage and that India is a secular country should be kept in mind. Why such a country would assist Hindu-hating, idol-smashing, Bible-confiscating Dhivehistanis - is beyond me. Why not go to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan and ask for help in toppling governments and establishing tyranny? My regards to Abdullah Hameed.
It was very good move and decision take to remove GMR from Maldives and stop dollars that are earned from pour country without GMR putting any investment to the airport.
Today, airport is earnings in millions and this is helping at least to some extend to manage the government budget .
Today majority of Maldivian are proud that GMR can not continue to bully us any longer .
Minivan editorial, what relevance does the last paragraph of this write-up have to the story? You really must consider putting in a wee asterisk at the beginning of the now obligatory (and derogatory)addendum to every mention of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Thanks to your oh-so-neutral reporting, everyone knows that MAG was prez for 30 years, although claims of repression during his tenure come only from the MDP frat boys and their posse of junkies. Everyone knows Nasheed was the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, even though democratic reform was legislated by Gayoom. Everyone knows Dr Jameel was a major anti-GMR figure, even though the "down with GMR" sentiment stemmed out of (as yet un-investigated ) allegations of widespread graft.
No wonder then that the people at the PPM choose not to talk to you, it is after all your approach to reporting about PPM personnel that brought about this trust deficit! So you ought to go easy on the lamentations about how most of the Maldivian polity just doesn't understand you. They will, if you're willing to set your house in order. And until then quit calling yourselves neutral!!
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