Maldives leader faces rift days after taking power
by AFP Staff Writers
Male, Maldives (AFP) Nov 25, 2023
Maldives ex-president Abdulla Yameen will form a new political party, his lawyer said, splitting from his successor’s ruling party and posing the new president a major setback ahead of parliamentary polls.
Primarily known as one of the most expensive holiday destinations in South Asia, with pristine white beaches and secluded resorts, the strategic Indian Ocean island nation has also become a geopolitical hotspot.
Global east-west shipping lanes pass the nation’s chain of 1,192 tiny coral islands, stretching around 800 kilometres (500 miles) across the equator.
President Mohamed Muizzu, 45, was sworn in last week after being elected in September as a proxy for his pro-China predecessor Yameen, who was disqualified from the polls because he was serving an 11-year jail term for corruption.
On Friday, Yameen loyalists accused Muizzu of seeking to hijack the leadership of their Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), and the former president will now form his own pa