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'President Yameen shows no initiatives, only responses': Ibu

Lujine Rasheed
17 September 2018, MVT 15:07
Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks at the campaign rally held in Dh.Kudahuvadhoo. PHOTO/MDP
Lujine Rasheed
17 September 2018, MVT 15:07

Opposition coalition's presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (Ibu) proclaimed that President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom does not initiate any actions for the country, unless and until the opposition coalition takes initiative.

While speaking at a campaign stop in Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu Atoll, Ibu pointed out that the opposition coalition released their manifesto before the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) released its own, stating that the ruling party only takes initiative for anything after the opposition coalition.

"The ruling party is only capable of shadowing us. President Yameen does not initiate any action on his own. He only has one thing on his mind, and I'm sure I don't have to elaborate on what that is", said Ibu.

Ibu stated that despite President Yameen's claims of achieving a surplus budget, the country's budget will be in hundred percent debt at the end of his five years in power, and that the national debt of MVR 50 billion is unacceptable.

Furthermore, Ibu highlighted the unaffected US dollar rate in spite of President Yameen's promises of decreasing it. Ibu also claimed that most of President Yameen's vows are unfulfilled.

Ibu further stated that one of the most frequently requested changes by the Maldivian people is the reinstatement of justice within the country, and he vowed to rule justly and in alignment with the law, should the opposition coalition come to power.

Pledges made to Kudahuvadhoo include the opposition coalition's plans of establishing an Urban Centre on the island, as well as the development of a commercial harbour, the island's roads, hospitals and schools. He also vowed to make the pending payments promised to the individuals who migrated to Kudahuvadhoo.

In addition to this, Ibu declared that the people of Maldives are impatiently waiting to go out and vote on September 23. He also highlighted the many obstacles the opposition coalition has overcome in order achieve a fair election and asserted the same feat in the coming days as well.

"This is a crucial time for Maldives, a crucial election. Participation in our pending victory will be a thrill to every Maldivian", said Ibu.

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