Qasim accuses incumbent gov't of illegitimate actions, voices concerns over foreign military presence

Jumhooree Party leader and presidential candidate Qasim Ibrahim has accused President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government of committing various illegitimate actions.

During a presidential debate hosted by Sangu TV and PSM, Qasim leveled allegations against President Solih's administration, alleging various illicit activities. Qasim expressed his discontent with the government, particularly focusing on accusations of foreign military involvement in the Maldives.

Qasim, who formerly served as the Speaker of the Special Assembly that amended the current Green Constitution, said that any foreign military presence in the Maldives must undergo parliamentary scrutiny and secure approval from a parliamentary majority.

“It is very clear to me that today’s government has violated the Constitution, which states that the release of even the Uthuru Thila Falhu, or any part of the country's territory, can only occur through legislation,” he said.

Qasim has recently spoken in a manner that suggested that Indian military personnel were covertly present at his campaign rally in Haa Dhaalu Hanimaadhoo. During the debate, he voiced concerns about compromises to the nation's independence and sovereignty, highlighting the undisclosed agreement with India regarding Uthuru Thila Falhu, which is under the Maldivian National Defence Force (MNDF) but occupied by the Indian military. He also expressed concern over communications between the President of Mauritius and President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih regarding disputed maritime territory between the two countries remaining confidential.

“Journalists and the people are seeking answers to those questions, but they are not getting answers,” he said.

Qasim emphasized the importance of seeking the consent of parliament members, even when seeking assistance from external parties, and advocated for decisions of such significance not to rest solely with the Parliament's 241 Committee.