Parliamentary representative for Maduvvari constituency Adam Shareef has stated that diplomatic missions of allied nations established in the country should not play an active role, or in any way interfere in the domestic politics and affairs of the Maldives under any circumstances.
His statement comes after it was revealed that following the May 6th terror attack on the former President and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had intended to but was prevented from dismissing Minister Mariya from the Cabinet due to Indian interference after the Minister sought help from the Indian High Commission in the Maldives.
Defense Minister Mariya had come under fire after it was revealed that she had failed to take any additional precautionary measures despite being made aware of an imminent threat against Nasheed by Hulhudhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb, in the days before the attack. It has been revealed that as calls for her resignation gained momentum, President Solih had attempted to dismiss her from the Cabinet, at which point Minister Mariya reached out to the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives, Sunjay Sudhir.
“The Maldives Journal” understands that President Solih abandoned his intention to dismiss Minister Mariya upon the request of Indian High Commissioner Sunjay Sudhir. Among all the Ministers of the Solih Cabinet, Minister Mariya is second only to Foreign Minister Shahid in terms of friendship and association with India.
Taking to twitter, MP Adam Shareef stated that the obvious interference of foreign missions in Maldives’ domestic politics has shifted public sentiment against the Solih administration, with many Maldivians having lost faith in their government.
He further stated that no foreign diplomatic missions should be allowed to play an active role in the nation’s domestic politics and internal affairs and that the sovereignty of the nation cannot be compromised at any cost.