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Corruption Allegations Against Maldives President Muizzu

By News   Desk

Ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Maldives, a political storm has erupted over allegations of corruption against President Mohamed Muizzu, with the opposition demanding a probe and impeachment.

The controversy began on Monday when an anonymous social media handle posted leaked intelligence reports, including documents from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of the Maldives Monetary Authority and the Maldives Police Service. These reports, dating back to around 2018, allegedly link President Muizzu to financial irregularities and misconduct.

The leaked documents reportedly claim that there were "red flag indicators" suggesting Muizzu's involvement in issues such as money transfers to his personal bank account, embezzlement, structured transactions, and the use of corporate entities to conceal the origins of funds.

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and People's National Front (PNF) have promptly demanded a thorough investigation into the matter. Former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed has even called for Muizzu's impeachment, reposting the leaked documents and accusing the President of extensive corruption.

Responding to the allegations, President Muizzu dismissed the claims, stating that the opposition "cannot show any wrongdoing" on his part, and accused them of leaking the reports out of desperation. Muizzu maintained that the same allegations had been made during his previous campaigns for mayor and President, and that there was nothing that could be shown against him.

The President's remarks came after the opposition parties' calls for the relevant authorities to investigate the serious allegations. However, no government investigative agency has yet to comment on the issue.

The political storm has engulfed the Maldives just days before the parliamentary elections, scheduled for April 21. The outcome of these polls will be crucial in determining whether the opposition parties will be able to take action against President Muizzu, who assumed office in November last year.

With the credibility of the Maldivian government at stake, the public will be closely watching how the authorities respond to the corruption allegations and whether an independent investigation will be launched.