Assassination Attempt Shows Weakness of Maldives President

Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom addresses the nation, Male, Maldives, Oct. 25, 2015 (photo from the Maldives President's Office).
Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom addresses the nation, Male, Maldives, Oct. 25, 2015 (photo from the Maldives President's Office).
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Maldivian Vice President Ahmed Adheeb was arrested Saturday in connection with a speedboat explosion targeting President Abdulla Yameen on Sept. 28. In an email interview, Fathima Musthaq, a doctoral student at Indiana University, discussed politics in the Maldives. WPR: How common is political violence in the Maldives, and what does the attempt on President Abdulla Yameen’s life reflect about the island’s political environment? Fathima Musthaq: Violence as a means of intimidation has become commonplace. The explosion on the president’s speedboat on Sept. 28 is the latest in a series of politically motivated attacks in the country. Just three weeks before […]

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