'Maldives in grave danger as Ramadan commences': Ex-pres

Former President of the Maldives and opposition leader Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has said the Maldives is facing grave danger.

In a statement released on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, Yameen said the country is facing danger while it meets the holy month this year. He said the Maldives' independence and sovereignty are in jeopardy.

The former President further said the country's economic situation had also declined significantly. He added that the country's citizens face challenges in engaging in religious activities.

'Therefore, I pray to Almighty Allah to bless the efforts to save our country from its challenges, return the country to its rightful owners, and grant success in the endeavor,' the statement read.

Spearheaded by Yameen, the opposition is carrying out an 'India Out' campaign seeking to drive out Indian military personnel stationed in the Maldives. The movement has gained momentum in recent months, especially in the atolls. The opposition continues to assert that India exerts undue influence on the Maldives and threatens national security and the country's independence.