PPM SG accuses opposition of pres polls sabotage

Ruling party's Secretary General Dr. Abdulla Khaleel has accused opposition coalition of attempting to sabotage the upcoming presidential elections on September.

According to Progressive Party of Maldives' (PPM) SG the opposition coalition were attempting to impede the presidential polls in hopes of rigging it to win.

Dr. Khaleel's remarks come following defense minister Adam Shareef Umar's Facebook post on Saturday night claiming of receiving credible reports of attempts to undermine peace and security of Maldives.

The ruling party's secretary general has criticized opposition political parties for attempting to facilitate foreign entities in the presidential polls to collude the outcome.

"The Maldives public refuses to accept opposition for these reasons," Dr. Khaleel who also fills lawmaker responsibilities for Nilandhoo constituency.

Opposition's attempts to sabotage the presidential polls comes from their fear of losing the elections, according to Dr. Khaleel.

Defense Minister's move to announce threat to national security through a Facebook post has been met with severe lambaste from opposition including coalition backed presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

"If the matter is as serious as he [Defense minister Umar] claims, then that is not the approach. Such an issue should be addressed to the nation through defense ministry or home ministry on official grounds," Solih said while addressing the people of Thaa atoll Gaadhiffushi on Sunday morning.

"I found this funny, and also a cheap attempt to either sabotage the upcoming presidential elections or intimidate the public from casting vote. It may be the government's shameless attempt to impede the elections as well," Solih added.

Solih assured Maldives public will not be intimidated by such threats and claimed opposition will be first to stand up against anyone posing a danger to the island nation.

Meanwhile Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) has been brought to full alert in light of defense minister's proclamation. Both military and Maldives Police Service have commenced a joint investigation into the matter.