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Police begin hunt for top Gayoom faction official

Police have asked for public help in locating Ahmed Safvan, a member of the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) who has acted as a senior official of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom's faction after the internal split in the party.

Police have given no details regarding the investigation, however police said Safvan was being sought in an investigation of the Economic Crimes Department.

Police have asked anyone who has information regarding his whereabouts to come forward immediately.

Police had raided the homes of two prominent members in the Gayoom faction over allegations of an attempt to bribe lawmakers.

Gayoom lost a bitter power struggle for PPM’s control with the party’s incumbent leader, president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom after the civil court handed over party reins to the younger Gayoom.

The rift between the two brothers has split the party in two, which ultimately ended with the elder Gayoom publicly withdrawing his support for his brother.

After being deposed as the ruling party president, the former strongman has signed a historic treaty with other opposition leaders including arch nemesis former president Mohamed Nasheed.

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