Defence minister Adam Shareef Umar claims that the current government will not make the defence force do anything unlawful.
Shareef said this while addressing Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) at Kalhuthukkalaakoshi on Wednesday night.
He said government would not issue unlawful orders on the defence force or make them do anything outside legal bounds. He also said the military was free of political influence, and is progressing and running independently.
Minister Shareef further said, as the presidential election approaches, the country's political atmosphere could become chaotic, but members of the defence force should refrain from getting entangled in politics.