Male’ International Airport

Male’ International Airport

30 June 2010. The opposition parties campaigning against the awarding of Male’ International Airport on Monday took the issue to the civil court, requesting a court order delaying the implementation of the agreement signed between the government and the GMR-Malaysia Airport Holdings consortium.

The case was filed hours before President Mohamed Nasheed announced that his entire cabinet was resigning due to the “scorched earth” tactics of opposition MPs.

Spokesperson for the joint opposition committee, Imad Solih, said on Monday that the parties had sought an injunction against the agreement proceeding “because it contains suspicious [elements] and issues relating to corruption.”

Secretary General of the People’s Alliance, Ahmed Shareef, said there were “many issues of concern” which pointed to corruption in the deal. Shareef also accused the government of not consulting the Maldives Airports Company board members when making the deal.
The government’s close relationship with GMR is one of the issues we presented to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).”

He said these issues indicated that there were other concerning issues the party believed could potentially suggest corruption.

”The four opposition parties are against this deal,” he said.