Maldives Jumhooree Party (JP) leader, Qasim Ibrahim, has urged Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu to issue a formal apology to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the people of India as reported by NDTV.
This follows recent tensions in the Maldivian Parliament, where clashes erupted between pro-government MPs and opposition lawmakers over the approval of four cabinet members.
The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which holds a majority in the parliament, has announced plans to submit a motion to impeach President Muizzu.
Qasim Ibrahim stated, "We have an obligation to our state that must be considered. President Solih did consider this obligation and issued a Presidential Decree banning the "India Out" campaign. Now, Yameen (former president Abdulla Yameen) is questioning why Muizzu, who participated with him in the India Out Campaign, has not nullified the Presidential Decree."
He added, "The Decree should not be nullified, as it would only result in a loss to the nation. That cannot be done. I would tell Muizzu that it shouldn't be done. Also, I call on President Muizzu to formally apologise to the Indian government and Prime Minister Modi regarding his remarks after the China trip."
Last year, then Maldives President Solih had signed a decree declaring the 'India Out' campaign a "threat to national security," granting authorities the power to remove campaign banners and take action against opposition parties.
The campaign, led by former President Yameen's Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), falsely claimed that the presence of Indian military officers in the Maldives violated the nation's sovereignty.
The campaign targeted President Solih and the Maldivian Democratic Party, perceived as close to India.
Bhuvan Krishna is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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