Muizzu, the opposition PPM-PNC coalition’s presidential candidate who emerged victorious in the 2023 presidential election, has made an appeal to the incumbent president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, urging him to transfer former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, who is currently in jail and an opposition leader, to home confinement.
During his first press conference as the president-elect, Muizzu took a moment to address President Solih directly and requested that Yameen be moved to home confinement, emphasizing that the president has the authority to make this decision and that it would be in the best interest of the country.
Muizzu expressed his commitment to building a brighter future for the nation and emphasized the importance of national unity and independence. He noted that the election results demonstrated the Maldivian citizens’ strong desire to shape a better future for their nation.
Highlighting the need for unity and the prioritization of national interests over personal interests, Muizzu emphasized that peace could be established across the nation with such a mindset. He reassured that his words and actions would align and that he would treat all Maldivian citizens equally, regardless of their political affiliations, and ensure that everyone’s rights are upheld.
It’s worth mentioning that Yameen was originally set to contest the presidential election on the PPM-PNC ticket. However, the Supreme Court ruled him ineligible for the presidency due to his money laundering and bribery conviction just two days before the candidacy deadline. As a result, the PNC’s senate decided to field Muizzu as their alternative candidate, and he secured the nomination after a competition with Maduvvari MP Adam Shareef.