Ex-pres calls for opposition majority to maintain country's peace

Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom has asserted the importance of a parliament majority for the Progressive Coalition to ensure peace and prosperity in the Maldives.

Addressing the campaign event of former Defense Minister Adam Shareef via telephone, the president, who was released on Thursday after being held in state custody over money laundering charges, urged the citizens of the country not to sell their votes for money.

Two parties backed by Yameen, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and Peoples' National Congress (PNC) have formed an alliance with ruling-coalition partner Jumhooree Party for the upcoming parliamentary election.

In his address, President Yameen 'pleaded' with the people to be honest citizens, and called on the people to vote for the progressive coalition along with Jumhooree Party as a service to the nation.

"I reiterate - the only way to maintain the peace of the nation, the only way to breath easily is by ensuring that majority parliament seats are won by PPM, PNC and JP candidates", said Yameen.

The former president who suffered a large defeat against President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the 2018 election repeated his accusations of electoral fraud on Friday night.