'PPM needs a 'vulture' to lead them': Ex-home minister

Former Home Minister Umar Naseer has stated that opposing Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) needs a 'vulture' and that such a person can lead the party to different heights.

Speaking on local channel 'CNM', Umar said it is not sufficient for PPM to keep protesting the arrest of their leader, former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom from inside an air-conditioned room. While the current leadership of the party does not have what it takes to put pressure on the government, a capable and courageous 'vulture or lion' is what the party needs to lead them to victory, said Umar.

"When we were in charge [of Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party, DRP), we were able to back a government into a corner within three years. Ultimately, it led to Nasheed resigning and stepping down on his own will. We do not see the same activism, or courage of the same caliber from the current PPM leadership. What they need is a strong leader. They need a powerful 'vulture', they are in need of a 'lion'. While such a person is what the party needs to lead the pack, no such people are currently active within the party. Such a leader will revolutionise the party" said Umar.

The day before PPM leader former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom was convicted to five years in jail after being found guilty of money laundering, he had advised his supporters to be wary of 'preying vultures' who are circling the party ready to pounce on its leadership. Many speculate the reference to describe people who had attempted to damage the party in the past and are currently weaseling their way back into the party in Yameen's absence.