The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) has promoted seven colonels to the rank of Brigadier General, shortly after the government's decision to increase the number of Indian soldiers in the Maldives. The move is seen as a response to the growing pressure on the MNDF following the agreement between India and the Maldives to expand India's military presence in the country.
The following officers have been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General:
BG. Mohamed Ibrahim
BG. Dr. Ali Shahid
BG. Ibrahim Rasheed
BG. Abdulla Ibrahim
BG. Abdul Rauf
BG. Ahmed Ghiyas
BG. Ibrahim Hilmy
The promotions are expected to alleviate some of the pressure on the MNDF as it adapts to the increased Indian military presence. It is also anticipated that these newly promoted generals will play an active role in defending the decision to expand India's military presence in the Maldives, given the mounting criticism and concerns over national sovereignty.
As the Maldivian government faces backlash over its decision to allow more Indian soldiers into the country, the promotions within the MNDF signal a strategic response to address internal and external challenges.