After backing anti-India policy, there is no sign of decreasing trouble for Maldivian President Muizzu; he is following outrage from everywhere. On Monday, the leading opposition party, MDP (Maldivian Democratic Party), supported an impeachment against the president. The opposition parties are trying to impeach him. Opposition leaders are furious over Muizzu’s pro-Chinese actions. Recently, the government of Maldives granted official permission for a Chinese spy ship to dock over Male.
Following the incident, chaos erupted in the parliament of Maldives, leading the opposition to a no-confidence motion against the government. On Sunday, violence broke out in parliament during a crucial vote on parliamentary approval for the Muizzu government, which was disrupted by government MPs from the PPM/PNC party.
President Muizzu, who took office with a solid anti-India stance, has been up against resistance in recent weeks, particularly in light of the diplomatic spat with New Delhi over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s widely shared post regarding his visit to the Lakshadweep islands. Three ministers were removed for their harsh remarks.
The latest in the anti-India rhetoric, Mr Muizzu demanded that India remove its eighty troops from the country by the middle of March, portraying their presence as a security threat to the island nation.
The previous Maldives governments had seen India as a good friend who supported the island nation in its worst times. However, after the sudden change in policy and the Chinese spy ship incident, things became more heated.
In a joint press release, the Democrats and the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) highlighted the government’s recent policy change as “extremely detrimental” to the country’s long-term development. They accused it of making a “stark” anti-Indian pivot.
The statement stated, “The long-term development of the nation will be severely harmed by alienating any development partner, particularly the most steadfast ally in the nation.” Additionally, it emphasised that “the stability and security of the Maldives depend on stability and security in the Indian Ocean.”