Opposition meets with Pres Solih to discuss concerns

Opposing PPM-PNC coalition met with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to discuss concerns regarding the health of their jailed leader, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.

The meeting took place Sunday afternoon at the President's Office.

While the opposition has not shared any details of the meeting, a senior official from PPM said the meeting was confidential.

Spokesperson of the President's Office, Ibrahim Hood confirmed that the meeting took place, and said it was arranged on the request of the opposition. No further details of the meeting were disclosed.

President of Peoples' National Congress Abdul Raheem Abdulla, Deputy Presidents of Progressive Party of Maldives Ghassan Maumoon and Ahmed Shiyam, PNC's parliamentary group leader Adam Shareef Umar, former housing minister Mohamed Muizzu, PNC's deputy presidents Mohamed Saeed and Mohamed Nimal, former minister Mohamed Hussain Shareef were in attendance at the meeting.

Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom was sentenced to five years in jail and ordered to pay the state an amount of US$ 5 million for money laundering on November 28. While he is currently being held at Maafushi Prison, the opposition has asserted that he will be transferred to home arrest before January 6.