Freedom, liberty and Maldivian ownership: President Solih’s Independence Day address

In his first Independence Day address since assuming office, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Friday pledged to protect fundamental freedoms and vowed to prevent foreign ownership of Maldivian territory, Maldives remained a sovereign nation since gaining full independence on July 26, 1965 – after 77 years as a British protectorate – but individual liberty and personal freedoms were threatened in recent years, Solih observed in a thinly veiled rebuke of the previous government, Maldives faced a widely condemned “authoritarian reversal” under former president Abdulla Yameen, whose administration jailed political opponents, restricted constitutional rights and suspended parliament..................


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