PPM threatens to leave govt coalition if Tourism Minister Adheeb is dismissed

The Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has threatened to leave the government coalition if Tourism Minister Ahmed Adheeb is sacked from the cabinet by President Dr Mohamed Waheed.

According to local media reports, PPM MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla alleged at a press conference today that the resignation of State Minister for Tourism Mariyam Mizna Shareef – daughter of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Spokesperson Ibrahim Shareef – was part of “a scheme” by the DRP and President Waheed to dismiss Adheeb.

Mizna resigned citing the “unacceptable” manner that the ministry was run by Adheeb, who was elected deputy leader of the PPM earlier this year.

MP Abdul Raheem Abdulla claimed that Mizna’s allegations would be used as a pretext to remove Adheeb.

“If Adheeb is dismissed, it is very likely that a proposal would be made to the PPM council to decide whether to remain in the government coalition,” he was quoted as saying in newspaper Haveeru.