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Maldives President appeals for details of graft under predecessors


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REUTERS: The President of the Maldives has appealed to citizens to furnish details of graft during the term of his pro-China predecessor and earlier, as the Indian Ocean island investigates deals worth billions of dollars given to Chinese firms. 

Since Ibrahim Mohamed Solih beat Abdulla Yameen in a surprise election result last year his administration has been trying to determine the extent of Chinese loans used to fund a construction boom in the Maldives. 

In a statement late on Tuesday, Solih’s office asked the public to submit written complaints about “cases of corruption and abuse of power within state institutions”, over a period of nearly six years from 1 January 2012. 

Critics have said contracts were given to Chinese companies at inflated prices, for example one relating to as a bridge linking the capital Male to the main airport of the palm-fringed islands famous for their luxury diving resorts. 

Yameen has denied any wrongdoing, saying he took on loans to accelerate economic development. The investigation also covers the final two years of the term of his predecessor, Mohammed Waheed, when the government took a $500-million Chinese loan for infrastructure and housing. 

“Corruption was institutionalised under Yameen’s tenure,” Hamid Abdul Gaffoor, a spokesman for Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party, told Reuters. “Some State institutions were totally looted.” 

 


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