Maldives: Ali Azim, the Minority Leader in the Maldives Parliament, has taken a firm stance by calling for the removal of President Mohamed Muizzu. This call for action includes the proposal for a vote of no confidence. The motivation behind this move stems from derogatory remarks made by President Muizzu against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The demand for President Muizzu’s removal reflects a concern for maintaining diplomatic decorum and addressing the impact of such remarks on international relations.
Ali Azim, the Maldives’ Parliamentary Minority leader, called on Monday for steps to remove President Mohamed Muizzu, including a vote of no confidence, in response to his derogatory remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We, the Democrats, are committed to ensuring the nation’s foreign policy stability and preventing any neighboring country from being isolated. Are you willing to go to any length to remove Prez @MMuizzu from power? Is the @MDPSecretariat willing to initiate a vote of no confidence? The leader wrote (sic) on X.]
Maldives leader calls for steps to remove President Muizzu amid a row with India.
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep, a dispute broke out when a number of Maldivian ministers made disparaging comments about him on social media. Three deputy ministers were suspended by the Maldivian government on Sunday due to their criticism of Prime Minister Modi. Malsha Shareef, Mariyam Shiuna, and Abdulla Mahzoom Majid, the deputy ministers in charge of the youth ministry, were suspended, according to reports in the Maldivian media. The Maldivian ambassador to India was called to the External Affairs Ministry on Monday, when the remarks were received with deep concern.
The ministers’ derogatory comments have caused controversy in India, where a number of well-known figures have urged viewers of Channel X to visit their own country rather than traveling to the Maldives. Social media posts purportedly stated that some Indians are postponing their planned vacation to the Maldives due to the controversy. According to the Maldivian Foreign Ministry, the government is aware of “derogatory remarks” made against foreign leaders on social media, but the remarks are personal opinions and do not reflect the government’s stance.