Yameen: Beliefs let go in actions after assuming office

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom exits High Court on April 18, 2024. (Sun Photo/Moosa Nadheem)

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom states the current administration acting contradictory to PPM’s beliefs after assuming office is the reason why he formed a new political party.

Yameen visited his new party, PNF’s office, to greet supporters after the High Court overturned a conviction against him for money laundering and bribery earlier this evening. Prior to this, he answered questions from the press outside the court.

Speaking with his supporters, Yameen said the current administration shaping all of its policies against the cornerstones of PPM. In this trajectory, he mentioned the appointment of uneducated individuals to various posts and the creation of political posts without any consideration.

“This government came and erased all this,” he stressed.

The former president also highlighted the government’s failure to disclose the “unknown” agreements made with India, the hesitancy to revoke the presidential decree during the former administration which banned the ‘India Out’ movement while defending the said decree.

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom speaks to press outside High Court on April 18, 2024. (Sun Photo/Moosa Nadheem)

Nevertheless, Yameen established that PNF does not support any efforts to impeach President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

“However, I will be very firm on matters such as infringement of major interests of the people and unjust treatment of state properties,” he added.

Yameen was posed by a question by a supporter as to whether the government should be given the majority of the parliament in the election slated for Sunday. In response, the former president said attaining powers would change the thinking of a person.

“How a person will change when they attain power and extremely wealth, is known to Almighty Allah,” he said.

Speaking further, Yameen extended gratitude to his supporters for believing in his innocence.

He expressed that he was not disheartened by the fact that he lost the chance to contest in September’s presidential election over the stalled appeal of his conviction.

Nonetheless, he questioned the state of the rights of the people who supported him. Underscoring that the Supreme Court could have ordered to expedite the appeal, Yameen said such a huge loss would not have been incurred if that had been done.