K. Male' | Shan Anees | 10-February-2018 | Saturday 11:57 | twitter | Local | 1,816
President Abdulla Yameen has made untrue claims about his half-brother, former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, though not explicitly naming him.
President Yameen spoke at a ruling party rally on Friday night, where he claimed that a prominent man in local politics had hinted towards the Supreme Court ruling on 1st February in a tweet the latter posted.
Yameen said Maumoon had tweeted about the lunar eclipse in January, before another that stated that ‘Maldives would experience an even larger eclipse’ on the night of 1st February.
However, none of the tweets on Maumoon’s account suggest this, and the posts on the night of the eclipse have to do with just January’s eclipse and not about an impending eclipse.
Tonight’s phenomenon of super blue blood moon will begin at 17:55 well before moonrise at Male at 18:14. The phase of total eclipse will end at 19:11. The entire moon will come out of the earth’s shadow at 20:14. Happy viewing!— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) January 31, 2018
The former president is known to have a keen interest in astronomy, a passion that has been with him since his days at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Heavily overcast conditions prevented any good viewing of the super blue blood moon in Male tonight. I was able to see only the last 20 minutes of the partial phase. Extremely disappointing!— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) January 31, 2018
While the president had not named Maumoon to be whom he is referring to, there are no other prominent politicians that posted about the lunar eclipse.
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