Source: News Bharati English06 Jul 2016 08:50:22

Maldives, July 6: The Maldives' foreign minister Dunya Maumoon quit the government on Tuesday over its hasty decision to implement the death penalty, which could possibly tar the image of the country.
Dunya Maumoon said in a statement that her decision to step down was inevitable "because of the profound differences of opinion on the government's policy on implementing the death penalty at a time when serious questions are being asked and concerns being expressed about the delivery of justice in the Maldives." She further added, “It was one of the most difficult decisions I had to take."

In a statement released on Tuesday, Dunya, 45, said, she had decided to resign from the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs because of irreconcilable disagreements on the government's policy in implementing the death penalty in the Maldives. The issue came up the previous week when Maumoon Abdul Gayoom openly opposed a law to lease out islands and lagoons for tourism projects without competitive bidding.

The resignation of Dunya, niece of the country's President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and daughter of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the country for three decades from 1978 to 2008, comes amid reports of a power rift between the country's powerful ruling family.  A spokesperson in Yameen’s office Ibrahim Hussain Shihab gave a confirmation about Dunya's resignation. He however, denied to give further elaboration on the reason.