'Hope Conference' announced as part of efforts to free Yameen

Press conference held at PPM's headquarters on January 30, 2023. (Photo/PPM)

Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), on Monday, revealed their decision to launch ‘Hope Conference’ as part of the opposition coalition’s efforts to free their leader, former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

A press conference was held at PPM’s headquarters on Monday which was attended by senior officials from the opposition coalition.

Speaking to the press, People’s National Congress’ (PNC) Deputy Leader Ibrahim Shujau said that the two activities being held as part of ‘Hope Conference’ will be held after obtaining the necessary permits from Maldives Police Service.

In this regard, a rally planned for Friday, ‘Bunvaru’, as per Shujau, will be a peaceful gathering. He urged the participation of as many people as possible in the rally.

“Instead of watching the rally in the sitting rooms of home our request is for you all to join us in pink-colored clothing,” he said.

The rally will kick-off at 4:00pm on Friday evening, in front of PPM headquarters.

Opposition coalition’s Action Department’s Chairperson Mohamed Ismail said that all activities being carried out by PPM are done so under the special instructions of Yameen.

‘Hope Conference’ is a nationwide event being held in this regard as part of preparations for the presidential election.

Briefing on the ‘Hope Conference’, South Henveiru MP Mohamed Abdul Kareem (Rukuma) said that over 1,200 people have traveled to Male’ City so far to partake in the conference.

Rukuma detailed that efforts were underway to arrange for the conference at Dharubaaruge, which will take place in two sessions.

The closing ceremony of ‘Hope Conference’ will be held at Artificial Beach on Saturday.