Maldives suspends ministers after ‘clown’ jibe against India’s Modi

Known as an expensive holiday destination with secluded resorts, the Maldives has also become a geopolitical hotspot.

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Three Deputy Ministers of the Youth Ministry, Mariyam Shiuna, Abdulla Mahzoon Maajid and Malsha Shareef eho have suspended over derogatory comments on X against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu suspended three deputy ministers on Sunday for making “derogatory remarks” against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government said.

Muizzu, who won September elections on promises that included removing a small contingent of Indian troops operating maritime aircraft from his archipelago, banned the ministers from work pending an investigation.

One deputy minister, Mariyam Shiuna, had called Modi a “clown” following the prime minister’s visit to the Indian territory of Lakshadweep, a cluster of atolls just north of the Maldives.

The three suspended ministers — Malsha Shareef, Abdulla Mahzoon and Shiuna — are all from the youth ministry. They criticised Modi on social media, officials said.

“The government of Maldives is aware of derogatory remarks on social media platforms against foreign leaders and high ranking individuals,” the government said in a statement.

“These opinions are personal and do not represent the views of the government of Maldives.”

A senior administrative official told AFP that Muizzu had suspended the trio and ordered an investigation.

He said Male was concerned about repercussions as Indians were the largest group of foreign visitors to the Maldives, where tourism accounts for almost one-third of the economy.

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  1. It’s a positive step to see President Mohamed Muizzu taking action by suspending the three deputy ministers for their derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Such comments are unbecoming of diplomatic relations between countries, especially considering the importance of Indian tourists to the Maldivian economy. It’s essential for both nations to maintain respectful and friendly relations to ensure the well-being of their people and their economies.

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