Maldives foreign minister quits during family power dispute


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives’ foreign minister has resigned amid reports of a family power dispute between the president, who is her uncle, and her father, who previously ruled the country for 30 years.

Dunya Maumoon told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she has submitted her resignation but won’t immediately discuss the reasons.

The resignation comes amid differences between President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and his half-brother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the leader of the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives.

The rift surfaced last week when Maumoon openly opposed a law to lease out islands and lagoons for tourism projects without competitive bidding.

The dispute could exacerbate the country’s already fragile politics, with Maumoon moving to strengthen his hold on the party.

Maldives became a multiparty democracy in 2008.

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