The Opposition PNC/PPM coalition has reacted vehemently after the state pressed criminal charges against President of the People's National Congress PNC and Acting Leader coalition Abdul Raheem Abdulla.
In a strongly-worded statement, the opposition said that pressing criminal charges against a political rival for allegedly using obscene language is ample evidence of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's paranoia and desperation.
It said that he knows full well that his days in office are numbered, and that the first opportunity that the Maldivian people get to vote freely, he will be ushered out of the President's Office, to stand trial for his long list of abuses of power, violations of the Constitution and obstructions to justice.
The opposition stated that it appears that, having lost all credibility locally, he is now relying on the support of a neighboring country, his family members in high places, and paid hands in key institutions to keep him in office.
The Opposition coalition mocked President by saying that Solih has already outdone his party colleague Nasheed as the quickest president to lose the plot completely and rely on strong-arm tactics to cringe onto power and added that all he needs to do is to recall Nasheed's fate in 2012 to get a glimpse into his impending fate.
It concluded the statement by stating that the violation of people's rights will not save an incumbent politician in the Maldives.
It declared that the opposition cannot be bullied, intimidated, or silenced and warned that President Solih would face life imprisonment for his crimes.
This statement comes after Prosecutor General's Office charged coalition leader Abdul Raheem for the use of obscene language under the Penal Code section 615. The PG office had forwarded the charges to the Criminal Court and if Abdul Raheem is found guilty of the offense, he could face a maximum jail sentence of one month and six days.