After Abdulla Yameen, Maldives must now untangle the web of Chinese contracts

It looks like a fairytale ending. The people of the Maldives came together in large numbers and threw the tyrant out.

Let’s make no bones about it: Abdulla Yameen, the man who was ousted this weekend and the Maldives’ incumbent president, is every bit of the bad guy of the story. He came to power under shady circumstances, indulged in an ‘orgy of corruption’, not least by selling out his country’s islands; was involved in refuelling North Korean ships in violation of United Nations sanctions; encouraged misogyny, and otherwise presided over a repressive regime that jailed or exiled every significant independent voice.

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