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Massive erection of Maldives president spotted in capital

The cutout was in place for the inauguration of a US$200 million bridge.



A huge cutout of President Abdulla Yameen was Thursday seen hovering above the capital ahead of the inauguration of a US$200 million China-Maldives Friendship Bridge.

The bridge will span from Malé’s eastern edge to the western corner of the island of Hulhulé, where the country’s main international airport is located, and opens to traffic on September 7.

The Yameen cutout was seen being lowered onto the ground hours ahead of the soft opening and spawned parodies on Twitter, with the president seen peering over a wall at an outside toilet and multiple Yameen cutouts lining the length of the bridge.

“There’s an idol of YAG next to the bridge now,” one person quipped, a reference to last month’s presidential edict ordering the removal of sculptures from a Maldives resort. The sculptures are still at the resort.

The Housing Ministry has scheduled six days of events to mark the inauguration, Raajje reported.

Friday will see the bridge host weddings, although the ministry has not said how many couples will be tying the knot.

Photo: @amaninaseem

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  1. Michael Fahmy (not nickname)

    August 30, 2018 at 10:36 PM

    Massive erection? Erection? President Yameen? Thank you. Let me see it better.

  2. Ammi

    August 31, 2018 at 2:03 AM

    Good on you, whoever wrote the headline ✊🏽

    • Ravi

      September 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

      Even I thought the headline is so “erecting”

  3. mode

    September 2, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    he usually covers his erections on posters… but his face gives it away

  4. Edward Singh

    September 6, 2018 at 2:28 PM

    With Chinese money he is now another Mao . Wait till opposition gets in power !

  5. Archer

    September 6, 2018 at 7:18 PM

    Crikey, phrasing. People!

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