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Opposition candidate Ibu pledges to probe leasing of Noonu Atoll islands

11 September 2018, MVT 14:22
Opposition coalition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is warmly received at N.Foddhoo during his campaign trail. PHOTO/MDP
11 September 2018, MVT 14:22

Opposition coalition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) pledged to investigate the leasing of Noonu Atoll islands for resort development, and to provide a soft loan scheme to develop the islands.

Speaking at Foddhoo, Noonu Atoll, during his campaign trail to the islands of Shaviyani and Noonu Atoll, Ibu mentioned that the islands of Noonu Atoll have been leased off.

“Some islands are owned by two or three people, while there are three to four islands registered under the same name in other cases,” claimed Ibu, regarding the situation of Maldives as a jumbled mess.

The presidential candidate stated that although the islands have been leased, there are complications in financing their development, adding that it is difficult to assess whether the islands were leased to the rightful owners. He vowed that should he win the upcoming election on September 23, his government would look into the leasing of islands and introduce a soft loan scheme for their development.

The Hinnavaru MP went on to claim that state funds are misused by the government and left unaccounted for, stating that billions of Maldivian Rufiyaa have been “stolen” in the process. Ibu urged the need to set aside political differences and make a collective shift towards the right track.

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