‘Sri Lanka open for Yameen’ Abdulla Yameen (Photo by Narendra Shrestha – Pool/Getty Images)
THE defeated strongman of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, is welcome in neighbouring Sri Lanka, Colombo said on Tuesday (25), two days after his surprise defeat in presidential elections. Sri Lanka has long been a haven for dissidents from the nearby Maldives over years of political upheaval, including for hundreds of opponents of Yameen since he became president in 2013. In a phone call on Monday (24), Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe “informed Mr Yameen that he is welcome in Colombo at any time,” Wickremesinghe’s office said. He made the call after hosting Yameen’s rival and former Maldives president Mohamed…
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