Maldives Parliamentary Elections: A Test for Moijju's Anti-India Policy

Maldives Parliamentary Elections: A Test for Moijju's Anti-India Policy

Maldives is set to hold parliamentary elections, with President Mohammed Moizzu's anti-India policy under scrutiny. The elections, taking place across 93 constituencies, will be closely watched by both domestic and international observers.

Over 2,84,663 voters are expected to cast their votes at 602 polling stations, with 368 candidates vying for seats in the legislature. The political landscape in Maldives has seen significant changes since last year's presidential elections, with fragmentation and differences emerging among key political figures.

Moizzu's decision to expel Indian military personnel has sparked criticism within the country. This has led to speculation that the main opposition and pro-India party, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), may secure a majority in the parliamentary elections.

MDP leader and former Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid expressed optimism about his party's chances, citing failures in Moizzu's administration's domestic and foreign policies. Shahid accused Moizzu of coming to power through deceit and halting development projects.

Moizzu, who supports China and has been vocal against India, defeated Ibrahim Solih in last year's presidential elections. The outcome of the parliamentary elections will be crucial in determining the future direction of Maldives' foreign policy and its relations with India and China.

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