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His Excellency President Abdullah Afif Didi (far right) with a delegation of foreign businessmen, in the Secretariat at Fiyaa Thoshi Ge, Hittadu, capital of the United Suvadive Islands Republic. Closest to the President is Asker Moosaji son of Moosaji, a prominent Borah merchant based in Ceylon


President Afif Didi (adult in the centre behind children) being farewelled in Hittadu as he left for exile in the Seychelles. In front of the President are his two sons- Ibrahim Afif, aged 9, on the left and Mohamed Afif, aged 7, on the right. Ibrahim Afif is now the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Mohamed Afif is now the Principal Secretary (permanent head) of the Seychelles Ministry of Administration and Manpower Development. The little boy partially hidden behind Ibrahim Afif is Hussain Afif, aged 5, who is now a medical doctor working as company doctor in Indian Ocean Tuna (a Seychelles-based joint-venture between the Government and the giant American conglomerate, Heinz). Behind the President immediately to his right are Kateeb Ibrahim Maniku, Ahmed Salih Ali Didi (the President's brother-in-law), Moosa Ali Didi (later an atoll chief) and Ibrahim Didi ge Hussain Beybe. On the President's left is Magistrate Thubbiege Ali Didi.

Mr & Mrs Afif Didi had three more children born in the Seychelles. Ahmed Afif is now the Principal Secretary (permanent head) of the Seychelles Ministry of Economic Planning, and consecutively an Exchange Controller for the Government. Aminath Afif is a statician who now lives in Luxembourg where her husband works for the European Union. Sarah Afif is a Director of the Seychelles Ministry of Heath.


President Afif Didi (second from right) with British officials on Gan just before boarding Her Majesty's Ship the Loch Lomond on his way to exile in the Seychelles. On the far right is Don Raha, Kateeb of Fedu, an influential Suvadivian leader.


The Parliament of the Suvadives in full session at Maaranga in Gan, Addu Atoll, a constituent province of the the United Suvadive Islands Republic The Suvadivian Parliament met in Gan but the Executive Council met and government departments and ministries were based in Hithadhoo, capital of the 3-atoll nation. The Suvadive Parliament was arguably the most democratic institution hitherto or henceforth in what is now the Maldives

Standing up to speak is Dheshenaagey Abdullah Nafiz from Midu. On his left is Mudim Thakhan from Hulhudu. Next to Mudim Thakhan is Kalhaage Ali Manika from Hittadu. Next to Ali Manika is Gaduvaru Moosa Didi from Hittadu. This meeting was chaired by President Afif Didi. To the President's right is, Kateeb Don Raha of Fedu. Sitting on Don Raha's left is Eedhigalige Hussain Manikfan. Behind Hussain Manikfan is Beyruge Afif. Requesting permission to speak, with raised hand is Mohammed Saeed of Hittadu.

This session was debating a resolution to recognise the nominal sovereign control of the King of the Maldives over the Suvadives. At the previous session Arthington Davy, Her Majesty's Resident Representative in Male, tabled a motion to recognise the King of the Maldives as nominal head of state. The majority of the House objected saying that if they accepted the King as nominal head, the next question would be, to accept the government in Malé. The authority of the Malé government was totally unacceptable to the people of the Suvadives.

When the objection was raised by the House Davy said something to the effect that " half a dozen people shouting cannot be accepted. These people should be beaten up with a stick until they understand the concept" [of the King being the nominal head of state]. When Davy made this statement the meeting was adjourned.

At the meeting in the photo Parliament reaffirmed its rejection to recognise the King of the Maldives as nominal head of state. In his speach here, Midu member Dheshenaagey Abdullah Nafiz is referring to the the previous meeting and insisting that the Suvadives cannot accept the King of the Maldives as nominal head of state


His Excellency the President Abdullah Afif Didi of the Suvadives was a member of the Royal House of Isdu that reigned in Malé in the 18th Century. Click here to visit the Isdu Dynasty genealogy