President Abdulla Yameen and first lady Fathimath Ibrahim left for Singapore last night (January 7).
According to the President’s Office website this is a personal trip. The website did not specify when the president would return to the Maldives, though Minivan News understands he will come back on Sunday (January 11).
Yameen has travelled to Singapore at least five times between July 29 and the end of November last year. This includes two stop-overs in Singapore – one in August and one in November – on the way to China and Nepal, respectively.
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party has raised questions over the president’s health and has on numerous occasions called on him to reveal to the public the reasons behind his numerous personal trips to Singapore. The President’s Office has denied such speculation regarding Yameen’s health.