MDP pushes for probes against ex-pres Yameen

The main political party in the government alliance has called on the newly appointed home minister Sheikh Imran Abdulla to expedite the investigations into the numerous allegations against former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) chairperson Hassan Latheef said on Twitter that the party had filed several police complaints against Yameen over numerous corruption and embezzlement allegations.

Yameen lost the September 23 election by a margin of 16 percent to opposition alliance candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in an outcome hailed as a win for democracy in the crisis-hit archipelago.

Solih had been sworn in as the country's seventh president on Saturday.

Ex-president Yameen has been linked to the biggest corruption scandal in the country's history.

Yameen's former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor who had been jailed over the scandal has repeatedly accused the president of sanctioning the embezzlement of millions of dollars from the state coffers.