Maldives prez says he’s willing to hold early election

Written by February 4, 2018 11:33

Male: Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said, he was willing to hold early Presidential elections to allow voters to decide who they want to lead the Indian Ocean archipelago.

The statement came as political unrest continued in the country after Supreme Court ordered the release and retrial of opposition leaders including exiled former President Mohammed Nasheed.

Speaking publicly for the first time since Thursday’s order of the apex court, the Maldivian President said, he was open to holding an election several months before his term ends next November. He announced that he is relaunching his bid for the presidency.

Meanwhile, the Parliament session scheduled to begin from tomorrow has been postponed indefinitely citing security reasons. Besides the release and retrial of opposition leaders, the court in its order had also reinstated 12 lawmakers who had been ousted for switching allegiance to the opposition.