Former President Yameen transferred to house arrest

Former President Abdulla Yameen has been transferred to house arrest. The decision was made after President-elect Muizzu had appealed to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to facilitate Yameen's transfer to house arrest, both during a press conference after his election win and during a subsequent meeting with President Solih at the President's Office.

During his transfer to house arrest, former President Yameen received a warm welcome from a large group of supporters, including members of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) gathered outside his residence. He also met President-elect Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, Vice President-elect Hussain Mohamed Latheef, and leaders of the coalition.

In December 2022, the Criminal Court sentenced former President Yameen to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty of charges of money laundering and accepting bribes in relation to the lease of Aarah, Vaavu Atoll, for resort development through Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC). He lost the opportunity to participate in the 2023 presidential election following the Supreme Court's ruling that his ongoing prison sentence renders him ineligible to stand as a candidate. Afterward, the PPM-PNC coalition united to support Dr. Muizzu as the opposition candidate for the presidential election.