President's Action on Chagos Dispute Contradicts Coalition's Decision: Qasim

26 May 2023 | 14:30
Qasim Ibrahim, leader of JP

Qasim Ibrahim, the esteemed leader of the Jumhooree Party, which holds a prominent position within the government coalition, has asserted that President Ibrahim Solih took actions contrary to the collective decision of the coalition regarding the Chagos dispute.

According to Qasim, his statement stemmed from the president's failure to engage in prior consultations with the coalition leaders regarding his decision.

During the council gathering of the Jumhooree Party held in M. Kunoozu, Qasim, who had previously expressed dissent towards the government's position on the Chagos dispute, made this particular statement.

Qasim asserts that the current government was formed through a coalition agreement involving four parties, with the fundamental tenets of the agreement emphasizing that Islam should be the sole religion in the Maldives and that the nation's identity is unequivocally enshrined within the agreement.

During today's meeting, Member Ali Hussain of  the Kendhoo Constituency, who has consistently voiced his concerns regarding the Chagos issue, put forth a proposal.

Prior to MP Ali Hussain's proposal, JP leader Qasim shared his perspective on the matter, highlighting that the issue remained on the agenda of today's gathering due to the absence of a definitive decision concerning it.

In his proposal, Ali Hussain stated that the recent decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on April 28 regarding the Maldives-Chagos border dispute resulted in the loss of a 45,000-acre meter area spanning 200 miles for the Maldives.

ITLOS had ruled in favor of the Maldives' position, stating that the territorial waters will be demarcated from the shores of Chagos Island, aligning with the advocacy of the Maldives. 

However, the Jumhooree Party (JP) and other opposition parties in the Maldives have been actively criticizing ITLOS's decision and expressing their refusal to accept it.