Mohamed “Nazaki” Zaki said that he had joined the Opposition to join the effort to save the Maldives from India’s influence. Zaki has left the Adhaalath Party and signed with the opposition Progressive Party of Maldives.
Zaki joined the party during a ceremony at PPM’s head offices, and he had handed his signed form to the opposition leader former President Abdullah Yameen.
Speaking at the ceremony, Zaki said that it was difficult for him if an agenda for rectification does not go forward, and that he knew when to distance himself from people who mixed their work of rectification with lies and deception.
Zaki said that now was the right time for him to use his experience and knowledge to work against India’s tightening grip on the Maldives’ sovereignty.
Zaki had previously been the chairman of the Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) under the Solih administration. He resigned from his post citing “corruption” at the MPL.
Zaki had previously served as the Maldivian ambassador to Malaysia under the administrations of Presidents Mohamed Nasheed and Dr Mohamed Waheed.
Zaki had been instrumental in the publication of “Sandhaanu” during President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom’s dictatorial reign. As “Sandhaanu” was critical of President Maumoon’s government, Zaki had been sentenced to life in prison. He had served 6 years of that life sentence.