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'Gayoom's son introduced me to Sri Lankan sorcerer', claims pres

Deposed ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's lawmaker son Faris Maumoon introduced president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to the alleged Sri Lankan sorcerer, the president claimed Tuesday.

Aseyla Wikramasinghe, a Sri Lankan 'priest' who owns a temple for the worship of the Hindu god Durga had gone on opposition aligned Raajje TV last year to claim that he had performed black magic to help president Yameen win the presidential elections in 2013.

President Yameen during a PPM ceremony on Tuesday responded to the allegation by saying that Faris had introduced him to Aseyla.

"I met a person named Aseyla. I met him for the first time in the PPM office. He [Aseyla] had been there to meet Faris. I was introduced to him by Faris when I came for a party council meeting. Later I found he [Aseyla] was a close friend of my brother in law, Manik," president explained.

President then went on to deny he had sought the sorcerer's help to win the elections insisting that he does not believe in sorcery or black magic. He dismissed the belief that black magic can win an election and win over the love of the people as "silly" and "ridiculous".

"If that was so, then the best sorcerer would always be in power. But that's not the case now, is it? The only way to secure office is through campaigning and winning the support of the people," he remarked.

The program on Raajje TV had featured several pictures of Yameen posing with Aseyla in addition to secretly recorded conversations between the two.

President Yameen however, dismissed the recorded conversations pointing out that such recordings can easily be faked.

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