Nasheed accuses PPM of political maneuvering in Yameen’s imprisonment

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In a recent address at a rally held in GDh. Gadhdhoo, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed openly criticized the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) for what he perceives as a lack of genuine efforts in securing the release of former President Abdulla Yameen. Yameen is presently serving an 11-year prison sentence for convictions related to money laundering and bribery. Nasheed’s assertions shed light on the intricate interplay between political strategies and the pursuit of justice within the nation.

Nasheed, drawing from his own personal experience as a former president who faced imprisonment during Yameen’s tenure, expressed his discontentment with the PPM’s approach to securing Yameen’s freedom. Speaking fervently at a rally in support of the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, MP Ilyas Labeeb, Nasheed highlighted perceived shortcomings in the PPM’s campaign for Yameen’s release. Nasheed’s emphatic statements bring to the forefront a pivotal question: Is Yameen’s continued incarceration a result of insufficient political efforts or, perhaps, driven by ulterior motives within the PPM?

Nasheed drew parallels between his own liberation and the dedicated efforts of his former party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), to secure his release. He underlined the instrumental role played by the MDP in his eventual freedom, underscoring the importance of a party’s resolute commitment to a cause.

In a bold and urgent declaration, Nasheed pledged that Yameen’s release could be realized within a mere week if the PPM were to collaborate with The Democrats in the upcoming presidential election. “I assure PPM members that within a week of signing an agreement to work with us, I will bring President Yameen home, even if it requires my continuous presence on the streets,” Nasheed asserted. This statement underscores Nasheed’s urgency in bridging political divides to address the pressing matter.

Furthermore, Nasheed’s address alluded to the idea that only The Democrats possess the capacity to secure Yameen’s release. He urged PPM members to cast their votes in favor of the Democratic candidate, Ilyas, in the impending election. Nasheed’s assertion raises a pivotal question: Can political collaboration and allegiance be the key to potentially resolving Yameen’s ongoing incarceration?