Ready to debate govt on India military issue: Pres Yameen
Opposition leader former President Abdullah Yameen says that he is more than ready to challenge and debate the government in a panel discussion on the government policies on the Indian military personnel stationed in the country.
The government has launched an all-out attack on the opposition-led India Out campaign, using all of state resources. A Presidential decree issued in April criminalized the movement and since then, all of state resources have been used to prevent the movement.
In an exclusive to “Adhadhu” news, President Yameen said that awareness needs to be raised on the Government’s actions and how rights of citizens were being systematically encroached. He urged journalists to do their part, adding that ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) should also be given the opportunity to defend their stance.
“Journalists need to talk about what the Maldives is facing, illegal activities carried out in the country, or the actions that cause loss of rights of citizens or the state. Then you also need to tell MDP to hold you accountable too. That way the citizens know what’s going on,”
“I’m prepared. My team is ready to challenge any team to go a public panel discussion. We’re prepared,”
President Yameen said that his only objective was to ensure that the country was a safe place for Maldivians and under full control of the citizens. He asserted that Maldivians should have full autonomy over the nation, irrespective of whoever who was in power.
“It’s very short and simple. ‘Pure independence’, nothing but that,” he said.