SL says ready to welcome toppled Maldives strongman

25 September 2018 05:16 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The defeated strongman of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen is welcome in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said.

According to the Daily Mail, in a phone call on Monday, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe "informed Mr. Yameen that he is welcome in Colombo at any time,"

Mr. Wickremesinghe made the call after hosting Yameen's arch rival and former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed at a luncheon meeting on Monday.

Nasheed, the atoll nation's first democratically elected leader, was sentenced to 13 years in jail after narrowly losing the 2013 elections to Yameen.

He fled to London where he sought refuge and now lives in Sri Lanka.

Sunday's election was held with all key opposition leaders behind bars or in exile, leaving the little-known Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to challenge Yameen.

In a major upset, Solih won with 58 percent of the vote.

Sri Lanka has long been a haven for dissidents from the nearby Maldives over years of political upheaval, including for hundreds of opponents of Yameen since he became president in 2013.

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  • Mr X Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:25 PM

    Sri Lanka will sadly continue to welcome crooks from around the world, because it is run by crooks themselves. A nation run by the crooks for the crooks.

    Sun Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:31 PM

    Mention all political parties and henchmen

    Ranjan Tuesday, 25 September 2018 05:26 PM

    Relationship between countries is based on power. What Sri Lanka feels about Maldives is how India feels about Sri Lanka and how America feels about India.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:10 PM

    It's a diplomatic smartness from ranil.it's helpfull blessing to maldives people.use this opportunity to fix your "man created" problems before nature created problems swallow this tiny nation by sea.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:11 PM

    Amply proves the political hypocrisy, bankruptcy, opportunism and most of all lack of policy. If he asked for "Asylum" (lunatic), its a different matter.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:23 PM

    These are not strong men but very weak men.only strong when they have power.artificial strong men.look at srilankan strong man mahinda,he is in temples daily,look at strong man gota,he is begging for don't remand.

    Bingi Tuesday, 25 September 2018 08:30 PM

    Our toppled strong men are still fighting to be welcomed in their own country. Let along helping another from another country.

    Yes Yes Yes Wednesday, 26 September 2018 02:40 PM

    With money only, lots and lots of it, from govt coffers.


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