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JP not hesitant to contest all 87 seats: Qasim Ibrahim

18 December 2018, MVT 16:35
Speaker of Parliament Gasim Ibrahim and Minister of Tourism Ali Waheed. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
18 December 2018, MVT 16:35

Ruling coalition partner Jumhooree Party (JP)'s leader Qasim Ibrahim, on Monday, declared that his party will not hesitate to compete for all 87 seats in the upcoming Parliamentary Elections slated for April 6.

Speaking at JP's main hub 'Kunooz', the Speaker of Parliament Qasim expressed that his party had remained reserved regarding the parliamentary elections because of its intention to abide by the ruling coalition's understandings.

The President of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and former President Mohamed Nasheed received indirect criticism from the JP leader on Monday, who further revealed that the party is not hesitant to contest for all 87 seats.

Qasim's statements are related to MDP's decision to renounce the agreement made by the ruling coalition, when the party declared their intention to contest for every constituency during the parliamentary elections.

According to Qasim , members of JP had expressed their desire to contest every constituency, adding that the party is yet to come to a decision on the matter.

Previously, the coalition had agreed to divide the constituencies among the four parties of the coalition. Nevertheless, Qasim stated that JP will not be the reason behind the dissolution of the coalition.

The magnate expressed his concerns in relation to criticisms made against JP and himself by MDP activists on social media, stating that JP would retaliate against these attacks.

Qasim, while citing the attacks as defamation, threatened to bring back the recently repealed Freedom of Speech and Defamation Act.

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