Why the Maldives President requested India to withdraw its troops from the island

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Mohamed Muizzu, the newly elected President of Maldives, “formally requested” the Indian government to “withdraw its military personnel” from the country, according to a statement from his office issued on Saturday (November 18). “The President noted that at the Presidential Election held in September, the Maldivian people had given him a strong mandate to make the request to India and expressed the hope that India will honour the democratic will of the people of the Maldives”, the statement from the President’s office said. India’s Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju, who was present at Muizzu’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday, is also...