Opposition parties deny signing agreement to topple government

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Jumhooree Party (JP), and Adhaalath Party (AP) have denied signing an agreement to topple the government.

A document was leaked to local media today purporting to be an agreement signed by leaders of the three parties to overthrow President Abdulla Yameen’s administration with the help of foreign benefactors.

“It is blatantly a big lie,” said MDP Chairperson Ali Waheed at a press conference of the ‘Maldivians against brutality’ alliance this afternoon.

Referring to an agreement signed between the MDP and JP last month, Waheed said the MDP would only sign an agreement “in front of the Maldivian people and the media” after seeking approval from the national council.

Waheed reiterated calls for President Yameen to initiate inter-party dialogue to resolve the current political crisis.

AP President Imran Abdulla said a “charter” for the opposition alliance has been drafted and was ready to be signed, insisting that an agreement has not been signed to date.

On the leaked documents, Imran suggested the government was trying “a different version” of the “pen drive philosophy” following public incredulity over confidential documents allegedly leaked from a pen drive confiscated from former Defence Minister Mohamed Nazim’s apartment.

The documents published by online news outlet Vaguthu yesterday contained alleged plans by Nazim to assassinate President Abdulla Yameen and Tourism Minister Ahmed Adeeb.

Accusing the government of leaking the false agreement to the media, Imran facetiously said the documents should have been discovered in bedside drawers of the opposition party leaders, referring to police allegedly discovering the pen drive along with a pistol and three bullets during a midnight raid on Nazim’s apartment on January 18.

The opposition maintains that Nazim was “framed” after rogue police officers planted the weapon, whilst the police chief has denied the allegations.

Imran suggested that the government’s intention with the leaked agreement was to “create doubts among the public towards us,” adding that such efforts were instead backfiring.

The government was losing public confidence and “exposing” themselves whilst the opposition was gaining strength and momentum, Imran contended.

JP Deputy Leader Ameen Ibrahim meanwhile noted that the party’s council has not officially decided to participate in the new alliance and insisted that JP Leader Gasim Ibrahim would not sign such an agreement.

Ameen referred to a similar “fake document” purporting to be an agreement between the MDP and JP ahead of the parties officially forming an alliance.

The alliance agreement was signed at a joint rally and made publicly available, he noted.

MP Ahmed Mahloof – who allegedly signed as a witness – said the leaked document was a sign of the government’s growing “desperation.”

Sheikh Imran, at the alliance’s street protest last night, said the opposition would bring an end to the government’s “brutality” through street protests.

Leaked agreement

According to newspaper Haveeru, several sources have confirmed the authenticity of the leaked agreement.

“The agreement – signed at Qasim Ibrahim’s Paradise Island Resort – highlights five key points. Said points are: to tackle, at any cost, President Yameen and his allies’ unconstitutional actions, to put an end to their gang-utilised harassment of citizens, politicians, and journalists, to bring the government’s unlawful actions to the attention of the international community and have international actors pressure the government, to increase support from parliamentarians and other organisations,” reads the Haveeru article.

The alliance was to form a steering committee both to oversee street protests and travel across the country to seek public support.

Moreover, the alliance would topple the government if President Yameen’s administration fails to heed its demands, the agreement stated, after which the parties would back Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed as the new president until the next presidential election.

Photo from Haveeru
Photo from Haveeru



2 thoughts on “Opposition parties deny signing agreement to topple government”

  1. This country cannot be given to India and neitehr MDP< JP or Adahaaltha can do that.

    Majority of Maldivian will not allow that to happen.

    Nasheed and MDP is using children and getting children engaged in politics this is completely against the the law .

    I wonder where is international community on this issue ? No one has the right to engaged children in politics . But when this things are doing by Nasheed, i guess we need to change our law to allow that to happened ?

    Nasheed had failed in his tourism boycott campaign and now they have started the new tactics to attack foreign expatriates with the hope of getting foreign countries aides to get away the crimes that were committed by Nasheed.

    But this barbaric action will bring a huge challenge to the nation and this will have a negative impact on our country and its economy .

    We know Nasheed will never hesitate to do anything for the sake of his own benefit .

  2. All opposition parties in Maldives (MDP or Adaalath) has Qasim's financial arm in it.

    Qasim uses opposition parties, judiciary, executive branch and parliament to destabilize the Government of the day ( be it MAG, Nasheed or Waheed administration) and extract business contracts and favors.

    Maumoon and Waheed allowed Qasim corruption. Nasheed tried to put a break on it and was ousted. Yameen is now under fire because he is fighting the Villa monster... not MDP or Nasheed.

    The enemy of the Maldivain state is Qasim (not Nasheed). Mostly likely @Hero is also a plant to divert attention from the Villa Corporate Monster.

    Influential people are on Villa's direct and indirect payroll (most notably former Commissioner Riyaz, Nazim etc..).

    President Mohamed Nasheed (though international popular) is a minor actor in the Maldives scene.

    This so called democracy is a fight between Maldivain state and one big company called in Maldives.

    Don't be fooled by the rhetoric. Listen to the money.


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