Former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom says opposition parties remain united and steadfast, and that the no one can weaken the unity.
In an address delivered at the Joint Opposition rally held in ADh. Maamigli on Thursday, Gayoom said that the four opposition parties have begun discussions on forming a unity government and expressed confidence that the discussions would yield positive results.
In his address, Gayoom called on the government to cancel the prison sentences on Maldivian Democratic Party leader Mohamed Nasheed, Jumhooree Party leader Qasim Ibrahim and Adhaalath Party leader Imran Abdulla, and to immediately free them.
He also called for the immediate release of his son, Dhiggaru MP Faris Maumoon, as well as former defence minister Mohamed Nazim.
Gayoom said that opposition parties are carrying out the joint effort to save the country from the negative political, economic and social changes, and to try and bring back democratic principles. He also said that the effort is aimed at bringing to an end the government’s attempts to silence MPs elected by the people.
He said that the changes that need to be brought to the country should begin from the parliament. In that regard he said that the parliament, which has been “hijacked”, has to be saved, and MPs who have been declared as disqualified need to be reinstated.