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Maldives opposition demands President Muizzu's impeachment over leaked reports alleging corruption by him
Maldives
Photo courtesy: X/Mohamed Muizzu

Maldives opposition demands President Muizzu's impeachment over leaked reports alleging corruption by him

| @indiablooms | 19 Apr 2024, 01:03 am

Ahead of the parliamentary polls in the Maldives, the opposition parties have demanded an investigation followed by an impeachment of President Mohamed Muizzu over the leaked report of his alleged corruption from 2018, a charge dismissed by him.

Election in Maldives will be held on Sunday amid an atmosphere vitiated by the trading of charges between the main opposition the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and the Muizzu’s People’s National Congress (PNC).

According to local media reports, the political storm and demand of Muizzu's impeachment started on Monday with an anonymous handle ‘Hassan Kurusee’ posting on X leaked intelligence reports, including documents prepared by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Maldives Monetary Authority and the Maldives Police Service that allegedly linked the President to corruption.

“These reports, dated circa 2018, claim irregularities in money transfers to President Muizzu’s personal bank account, highlighting 10 critical red flag indicators of financial misconduct. These indicators suggest involvement with politically exposed persons, embezzlement, structured transactions, and the use of corporate entities to hide fund origins,” news portal Maldives Republic (mvrepublic.com) reported.

The allegations soon created a political storm with several reactions pouring in on various social media.

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and People's National Front (PNF) demanded an investigation into the matter.

Former Vice President Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed urged Muizzu’s impeachment following the leaked intelligence reports. Taking to his social media handle X, Jameel reposted these documents, emphasising the need for accountability at all levels of governance.

Apart from demanding Muizzu’s impeachment, Jameel, a senior member of the Progressive Party of Maldives, "also accused President Muizzu of extensive corruption in his flagship Ras Male’ development project and alleged excessive spending on public relations. Jameel has called on President Muizzu to cooperate with independent investigations into these allegations,” Maldives Republic (mvrepublic.com) reported.

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