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Maumoon Gayoom Fears Eviction From Party Leadership, Cancels Visit To Egypt

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The growing conflict between Gayoom brothers in PPM and widening rift between their supporters have forced party’s President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom to cancel his trip to Egypt amid plans to unseat him from his post.

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  • Deputy Secretary-General of PPM, Abdul Aleem said that Maumoon had decided to cancel his trip to Egypt
  • The trip’s been cancelled due to an internal movement in violation of PPM’s Constitution and democratic values to unseat the leader
  • Maumoon has taken PPM’s office under his direct control
  • He has also appointed loyalist Umar Naseer to PPM’s council
  • Meanwhile, there were some efforts were put to reconcile the differences last week
  • Two rebellion party members who walked out of Gayoom’s meeting apologised to him
  • Though, Yameen loyalists have asked PPM members not to follow the PPM office’s directive on the upcoming Local Elections
  • They were asked to follow the directives of Chairman of PPM Elections Committee, Deputy Leader of PPM, Abdul Raheem Abdulla

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Minutes After FM Dunya’s Resignation, MP Faris Maumoon Expelled From PPM

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Ex-President Mumoon Gayoom’s son MP Faris Maumoon was expelled from the Progressive Party of the Maldives amid the family feud between Gayoom brothers that erupted into political warfare.

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According to reports, Faris was expelled from the party’s disciplinary committee for voting against Tourism bill- a policy endorsed by uncle and President Abdulla Yameen.

His expulsion came minutes after the news of his sister and Foreign Minister Dunya Maumoon resigning from the government.

Earlier, Gayoom was summed by the anti-graft watchdog Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for an inquiry.

Here’s How The Big Fight Between The Gayoom Brothers Started!

Tourism Bill: PPM Leaders’ ‘Aye’

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  • Gayoom had now urged ruling party lawmakers to vote against the Yameen sponsored amendments to the tourism bill in the Viber Group chat saying that it was against the party’s stand- which is to ensure public prosperity through equitable distribution of natural resources.

  • But only Maumoon’s son, MP Ahmed Faris, and MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim voted against the bill.

  • The amendment allowed government to lease islands, lagoon and plots of tourism without any bidding.

The Power Play Via Sacking

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  • Gayoom stripped PPM’s deputy leader Abdul Raheem of his powers after he reportedly voted in favour of the government sponsored Tourism Bill defying his orders to turn down the bill.

  • But, then Yameen sacked Gender Ministry’s Executive Coordinator and PPM council member Aminath Nadira for tweeting in favour of Gayoom.

  • Later, Gayoon took Twitter to thank Nadira and other PPM members for support.


Presidential Primary: A Big Setback For Yameen

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  • Some of the leaders expressed the will that Yameen should be given 2018 Presidential election ticket “uncontested” without primaries but Gayoom refused to buy the argument.

  • As part of his reform agenda, Gayoom announced PPM’s presidential primary date which will be held in five phases starting July 3.

  • According to the rules, President Yameen, if manages to complete five years of his tenure, would be eligible to contest the election without the primaries. But, a big “NO” has come from the Godfather of the party

Gayoom Thrown Out Of Official Viber Group

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  • After day Gayoom called Yameen’s government “corrupt”, cautioned against the misuse of Judiciary and called for the reforms, he was thrown out of the official Viber group of the party for meddling with the administration and trying to “hijack” the party.

  • It was done days after Abdul Raheem Gayoom could not “hijack” the entire party and that he would not be allowed to put its activities on hold.

To Hang Or Not To Hang: Gayoom Hits The Right Chord

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  • Yameen is currently facing criticism from Maldivians and international bodies for bringing back capital punishment especially at a time when Judiciary is not “trust-worthy”. Scoring on the popular sentiments, Gayoom condemned the decision for capital punishment.

  • He said, “No Muslim state has the right to implement Qisās or death sentence outside the Islamic Law.”

  • Gayoom ensured moratorium on capital punishment during his 30-year rule

The Clash Of Gayooms; Two & A Half Years Later, Who Is The Boss In PPM?

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Swept by a major grass root democracy movement, the longest running dictator of the Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had to give in to the then 41-year-old “prisoner of conscience” Mohamed Nasheed. It was the end of Gayoom’s 30-year-long dictatorial rule.

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But, it could not last longer. Nasheed was allegedly “forced to resign on gun point” in 2012 and Gayoom had a chance to get back into politics in 2013 Presidential election, but cautioned by his defeat, he played safe and endorsed his half-brother Abdulla Yameen as the Presidential candidate.

Two and a half years in the rule under President Abdulla Yameen, Gayoom is certainly not happy with him and wants to bring “major reforms” in the Progressive Party of Maldives while Yameen supporters see him as someone who is trying to “hijack” the party.

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Tourism Bill: PPM Leaders’ ‘Aye’ (Gayoom: 0; Yameen: 1)

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  • Gayoom had now urged ruling party lawmakers to vote against the Yameen sponsored amendments to the tourism bill in the Viber Group chat saying that it was against the party’s stand- which is to ensure public prosperity through equitable distribution of natural resources.

  • But only Maumoon’s son, MP Ahmed Faris, and MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim voted against the bill.

  • The amendment allowed government to lease islands, lagoon and plots of tourism without any bidding.

The Power Play Via Sacking (Gayoom: 1; Yameen: 1)

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  • Gayoom stripped PPM’s deputy leader Abdul Raheem of his powers after he reportedly voted in favour of the government sponsored Tourism Bill defying his orders to turn down the bill.

  • But, then Yameen sacked Gender Ministry’s Executive Coordinator and PPM council member Aminath Nadira for tweeting in favour of Gayoom.


  • Later, Gayoon took Twitter to thank Nadira and other PPM members for support.


Presidential Primary: A Big Setback For Yameen (Gayoom: 1; Yameen: 0)

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  • Some of the leaders expressed the will that Yameen should be given 2018 Presidential election ticket “uncontested” without primaries but Gayoom refused to buy the argument.

  • As part of his reform agenda, Gayoom announced PPM’s presidential primary date which will be held in five phases starting July 3.

  • According to the rules, President Yameen, if manages to complete five years of his tenure, would be eligible to contest the election without the primaries. But, a big “NO” has come from the Godfather of the party

Gayoom Thrown Out Of Official Viber Group (Gayoom: 0; Yameen: 1)

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  • After day Gayoom called Yameen’s government “corrupt”, cautioned against the misuse of Judiciary and called for the reforms, he was thrown out of the official Viber group of the party for meddling with the administration and trying to “hijack” the party.


  • It was done days after Abdul Raheem Gayoom could not “hijack” the entire party and that he would not be allowed to put its activities on hold.

To Hang Or Not To Hang: Gayoom Hits The Right Chord (Gayoom: 1; Yameen: 0)

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  • Yameen is currently facing criticism from Maldivians and international bodies for bringing back capital punishment especially at a time when Judiciary is not “trust-worthy”. Scoring on the popular sentiments, Gayoom condemned the decision for capital punishment.

  • He said, “No Muslim state has the right to implement Qisās or death sentence outside the Islamic Law.”


  • Gayoom ensured moratorium on capital punishment during his 30-year rule

What do you think? Who is winning?

Ex-HM Umar Naseer To Run In 2018 Presidential Election: All You Need To Know

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Former Home Minister Umar Naseer said on Friday he would run in the 2018 Presidential Election and that he was hopeful of getting support of the higher-ups of the state.

Umar took to Twitter to make the announcement.

“I will get the support of the most senior people in the country,” Umar told an online publication.

Umar added that he would work to get elected through PPM and would join the race if a Primary opens up.

Earlier, Umar tweeted about PPM leader and former Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who has taken control of the party by stripping Deputy PPM leader Abdul Raheem of his powers.

While the PPM Parliamentary Group is on its way to give the PPM ticket to President Abdulla Yameen without contesting a Primary, Gayoom has made clear that it is against the Party regulations.

Following Umar’s resignation from the Home Ministry, Maumoon had tweeted in his support.

A political fight erupted between Gayoom and President Abdulla Yameen after the government tabled a bill that would allow the tourism ministry to lease islands without bidding.

The supporters of Yameen said that they would submit a bill to Parliament that would keep those of 65 years and above from being the head of a Political Party, aimed at ousting the current party chief.

Maumoon Cannot ‘Hijack’ Party: PPM Dy Leader Abdul Raheem

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Deputy Leader of People’s Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Fonadhoo MP Abdul Raheem, on Thursday said that the party’s Leader, ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom could not “hijack” the entire party and that he would not be allowed to put its activities on hold.

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Raheem made the remarks following a meeting between some members of the PPM council and President Abdulla Yameen. He said party’s council was its most powerful body and that Maumoon could not enforce his authority over the PPM in this manner.

“I don’t believe a single person can hijack the entire party, Maumoon cannot do it either,” said Raheem.

He added that they were trying to find a peaceful solution to the problem.

ALSO READ: All Is Not Well Between Gayoom Brothers: Everything You Need To Know

Maumoon took over the management of the party on Wednesday night, stripping Raheem of his powers, ordering that no meeting by any official body of the party – including any committee – should be held without his permission.

This development came after the PPM MPs voted for the changes in the Tourism bill, giving Ministry of Tourism the authority to lease islands, lagoons and land for tourism without an open-bidding despite Maumoon’s request that they reject the bill because it was detrimental to the development of the country.

Maumoon’s son, MP Ahmed Faris, and MP Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim were the only two PPM lawmakers who voted against the bill.

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