The joint opposition said President Abdulla Yameen accused them of trying to start a civil war, in order to cease democracy in the country.
Speaking at a rally held by the joint opposition at M. Kunooz on Sunday, Vilingili MP Saud Hussain said while the country reached its 49th Republic Day, justice and individual liberty guaranteed by the constitution, have been taken away from the people, and that most opposition politicians have been jailed.
Saud said some politicians have been jailed without a charge showing that the current rule demonstrates signs of a monarchy, having the people as slaves, rather than a democracy.
Saud said the joint opposition is only trying to regain the rights and independence lost by the people. Hence, for the President to mention an outbreak of a civil war in the country during his address on Republic Day is worrying, Saud said.
“We are working within the legal system, while the people are witnessing numerous corruptions committed by the government. Billions have been taken from the state treasury. The perpetrators have to be found and the government has to be held accountable. Describing the work done to stop such crimes as a ‘civil war’ is very concerning” Saud said.
Saud also said a country experiences disorder when it is ruled by a dictatorship. He reiterated that the opposition is not trying to start a civil war; rather they are working to make the government accountable through legal means.
He said with celebrations of the 49th Republlic Day, 12 MPs have been stripped off their rights and 60,000 people stripped off their voice through the parliament. By the 50th Republic Day, people will be completely stripped off their independence, Saud said.
Saud said they will continue the reform work, in order to reclaim the lost independence and right of the people.