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JP Minister Nahula commends Pres Solih despite party decision to contest separately

Malika Shahid
16 March 2023, MVT 19:02
Transport Minister Aishath Nahula speaking at the opening ceremony of Gaafu Dhaalu Faresmaathodaa airport -- Photo: President's Office
Malika Shahid
16 March 2023, MVT 19:02

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula, on Wednesday night praised President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for his development efforts across the atolls and bringing relief to the islands.

While the Minister from the Jumhooree Party (JP) commended the President, she had voted in favour of the party's resolution on Tuesday to contest the upcoming presidential election separately. JP is a part of the ruling coalition.

Minister Nahula accompanied President Solih for the inauguration ceremony of the Faresmaathoda in the southern Gaafu Dhaalu atoll on Wednesday, a day after the vote.

In her speech at the ceremony, she praised the President for his efforts in elevating the transportation system to new heights, creating jobs, and widening income opportunities for many people.

"On behalf of the people of the Maldives, I would like to thank the President for his determination to develop this country," Nahula said.

She highlighted that the transportation policy of this administration was formulated with long-term progress in mind. The Faresmaathodaa Airport will also bring many social and economic benefits to the people of the atoll, she said.

Nahula's praise for the President comes at a time when members who support Solih called for the resignation of those holding government positions under JP slots in the parliament on Wednesday.

However, Qasim maintains that the current coalition came to power under an agreement that gives the alliance parties slots in the coalition until November 18 of this year. He also called on JP members not to resign from the government before the end of this term.