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Abdulla Yameen

Abdulla Yameen
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Cropped
6th President of the Maldives
Assumed office
17 November 2013
Vice President Mohamed Jameel Ahmed
Ahmed Adeeb
Preceded by Mohammed Waheed Hassan
Personal details
Born Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom
(1959-05-21) 21 May 1959
Malé, Maldives
Political party Progressive Party
Spouse(s) Fathimath Ibrahim
Residence Muliaage
Alma mater American University of Beirut
Claremont Graduate University
Religion Islam

Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom (Maldivian: އަބްދުﷲ ޔާމީން އަބްދުލް ގައްޔޫމް; born 21 May 1959), commonly known as Abdulla Yameen, is a Maldivian politician and current President of the Republic of Maldives.[1][2] He is the half-brother of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.[3]

As the presidential candidate for the People’s Alliance (PA), a political party he helped form, Yameen left to join the Progressive Party of Maldives[6] (PPM) in 2010. He has served as the head of PPM’s Parliamentary Group since the party’s formation and currently occupies the post after being elected to it at PPM’s first Congress held between January 17 and 19, 2013. He is married to Fathmath Ibrahim Didi with 3 children.

Early life and career

In his early life, Yameen completed his primary and secondary education at [7] In addition to the role he later became the Minister of Higher Education, Employment and Social Security (2005 - 2007) and as Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation (2008).[7]

Presidency (2013-present)

Yameen (left) with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2014 SAARC summit.

After resigning as leader of PA, Yameen joined PPM, the party of former President Gayoom and ran for presidency in 2013. The election was held under controversial circumstances following Nasheed's resignation as president in 2012. In the first round of voting, Nasheed received 45.45% of the votes and Yameen received 25.35% of the votes and finished in second place, forcing a second round which Yameen won by 51.39% of votes to Nasheed's 48.61%.[8][9][10] The results were disputed by opposition members due to the planned original second round being annulled by the Supreme Court due to a high number of ineligible voters being registered.[11][12][13]

During his presidency Yameen has sought various economic reforms including allowing the foreign ownership of land in Maldives for the first time.[14] He has also sought closer economic relations with China by supporting China's Maritime Silk Road and also by promoting Chinese and other overseas investment in the Maldives.[15][16]

Yameen has also faced criticism from opposition supporters and overseas leaders for the imprisonment of political figures such as former president Mohamed Nasheed and former Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim.[17][18][19] He has been accused of framing and imprisoning them for political purposes, a claim that President Yameen has denied.[20]

He has been seen as a close ally of Arab Nations through which he has managed to pull various development projects to Maldives. His close ties with Islamist countires lead him to one of the most demanding foreign policies as his administration is all in favor of Palestine and itʻs statehood. His government has backed various efforts by Paletinian Authorities to submit their bid to enter as a state to United Nations. Directing his foreign policy towards East, Asia pacific and Arabian countires have harvested Billion dollar pojects in the Nation.

The economic reforms put on effect by President Yameenʻs government is being praised by IMF and World Bank for the countryʻs fast recovery from economics downfall and budget deficit. Major amendments to Constitution and Foreign Investment Act are put on effect, enrusing investor confidence and boosing the countryʻs economy.

Personal life

Yameen is the son of Sheikh Abdul Gayoom Ibrahim who was an eminent judge in the Maldives and half brother of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.[7][21] He is married to Fathimath Ibrahim and to this date the couple have three children, two sons and a daughter.[7]


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External links

  • Abdulla Yameen sworn in as new Maldivian president at The Times of India
  • Yameen sworn in as president of the Maldives at BBC
  • Maldivian president Abdulla Yameen inaugurated after Mohamed Nasheed's shock defeat at ABC News (Australia)
  • Abdullah Yameen topples favorite in Maldives election at Deutsche Welle
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammed Waheed Hassan
President of the Maldives
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