Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's wife Fathimath Ibrahim: She called to vote for Dr Mohamed Muizz. Dhauru Photo/Ibrahim Ifaz

Yameen will be home if hadn't advocated for freedom, wife says

Fathmath said that every time she meets Yameen, he talks about the independence of the country.

29 September 2023

By Aminath Shifleen

Former President Abdulla Yameen would have been at home with his family if he had not advocated for the 'liberation' of Maldives, his wife Fathmath Ibrahim said on Thursday evening.

Yameen, who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for bribery and money laundering, lost his chance to contest the presidential election. However, he later expressed his support for the alternative candidate of the PPM/PNC, Dr Mohamed Muizz.

Reminding that, Yameen’s wife Fathmath gave a special message to PPM supporters on Thursday evening. Through Channel-13, she regaled Yameen's 'sacrifice' and work for the country.

Fathmath said her husband's work before being arrested on political charges and unjust imprisonment was to advocate for Maldives's independence.

“If he hadn't done that, he would have been at home with me and his family today,” Fathimath said.

According to her:

  • Yameen was more concerned with the Islamic life of the people and the independence of the country than his own family

  • Knowing that the oppression would come, he chose to sacrifice for the freedom of the country

Fathmath said the most important thing she can do at this time to participate in Yameen's efforts is to vote for Muizzu.

"The result of this vote is that the country of the people will be given back to the people. The national development started by Yameen will be restored. Compulsory housing will be established throughout the country," she said.

She said the vote was linked to Yameen's independence. She said the vote for Muizzu would give Yameen a fair and speedy trial.

Fathmath said that every time she meets Yameen, he talks about the independence of the country. He said that the sovereignty and independence of the people is in the hands of others and the people are becoming second-class citizens in their own land.