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Maldives pres hints Faafu atoll project at halt

Fathmath Shaahunaz
12 July 2017, MVT 11:01
King Salman of Saudi Arabia (R) greets President Yameen during his visit to the Maldives as the Saudi crown prince. PHOTO/PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Fathmath Shaahunaz
12 July 2017, MVT 11:01

President Abdulla Yameen has hinted that the government’s plans to bring in investments worth billions for Faafu atoll are now at halt.

In response to a reporter’s question regarding the major Faafu atoll project with Saudi investors, at a press conference held at ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) late Tuesday, President Yameen stated that there is nothing he can do whether the government receives the investments or not. He added that he would not be the one to bear responsibility should the project be lost.

“I’m working to bring about major ventures that will benefit the people. But with all the political leaders in the Maldives objecting to it, will that Saudi multi-million dollar investment come or not? Whether it comes or not, I won’t be the one held responsible for it,” said the president with ire.

He declared that the ones to be held responsible for the Faafu atoll project are those proclaiming to rule the nation with a constructive ideology for the people.

In response to another question by the press whether the project will not be continued, the president reiterated that he will not take responsibility for it. He also added that such projects “don’t come running”.

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