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Maldives health minister resigns, appeals for support from international community

Maldives State Health Minister Dunya Maumoon, niece of President Abdulla Yameen, on Tuesday resigned from the Cabinet after the arrest of her father.

world Updated: Feb 27, 2018 22:29 IST
Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male November 17, 2013.
Abdulla Yameen takes his oath as the President of Maldives during a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Male November 17, 2013. (Reuters File Photo)

Maldives State Health Minister Dunya Maumoon, niece of President Abdulla Yameen, on Tuesday resigned from the Cabinet after the arrest of her father and appealed the international community to support the Maldivian people in overcoming the political crisis plaguing the island nation.

Dunya’s father, former President of the Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and brother Ahmed Faaris Maumoon were arrested on charges of trying to topple the Yameen government.

Dunya has been under fire for working with the government while her father and brother are in police custody after a state of emergency was declared in the country.

She on Tuesday resigned from the Cabinet, calling upon the international community to support the Maldivian people in overcoming the political crisis and to help build a stronger democratic system.

“I have refused to be bullied by different political forces and I remain strong and stand by my convictions,” she said in her resignation letter.

Her father, Gayoom, is Yameen’s half-brother and ruled the country for 30 years until 2008. He was arrested at his residence early this month.

He is not just my father, but the father of the nation, who has built this country and has earned the respect and love of the people, she said in the letter.

Male, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its first democratically-elected president Mohamed Nasheed in 2012, plunged into chaos early this month when the Supreme Court ordered the release of nine imprisoned Opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were “politically motivated and flawed”.

Yameen has refused to obey the court orders and declared a state of emergency in the country.