As presidential election nears, “nationalistic” Maldivian regime gets tough with India

As presidential election nears, “nationalistic” Maldivian regime gets tough with India

By P.K.Balachandran/BDNew24.com

Colombo, August 12: With the Presidential election due in a little more than a month, the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) led by President Abdulla Yameen, appears to be stepping up its nationalist rhetoric to contrast with the internationalism of the opposition coalition led by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

As stated by President Yameen in his campaign speeches, the PPM is fighting the September 23 Presidential election on two core issues: first, Maldivian nationalism or the independence and  sovereignty of the Maldives; and second, the defense of the country’s Islamic values.

(The featured image at the top shows the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi)