PNC President: Government cannot touch President Yameen anymore

PNC leader Abdul Raheem Abdulla speaks during a rally organized by the opposition coalition at the Alimas Carnival area of Male' City on September 3, 2021. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

President of the opposition coalition’s People's National Congress (PNC) Abdul Raheem Abdulla said that this government cannot touch former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

His remarks were in response to comments by members of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) stating that the former President would have to go back to jail.

Speaking at a campaign gathering held in Sh.Komadoo for the opposition’s candidate Moosa Fathuhee in the upcoming Komandoo by-election, Abdul Raheem stated that people now want to bring back Yameen as President.

In addition to this, Abdul Raheem said that PPM was the only party that understood the sentiments of the people and bring the progress that they want.

“The people of Maldives now want to end the government of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). The people of Maldives want the country to remain an independent nation. The people of Maldives want to keep the country as a 100 percent Muslim nation.”

Former President Yameen was freed in November 2021, after the Supreme Court overturned the five-year prison term in the money laundering case against him.

However, hearings are ongoing for the case against Yameen in the sale of Aarah, with him being charged with misusing his position and taking USD 1 million bribes, in addition to money laundering.