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Govt bills held up in parliament: President Solih

Mariyam Malsa
02 April 2019, MVT 14:56
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks at the campaign rally for Hisaan Hussain, who is running for the constituency of Thulhaadhoo on behalf of MDP.
Mariyam Malsa
02 April 2019, MVT 14:56

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Monday, stated that bills submitted to the parliament by the government were being delayed on the premise that they violated the constitution.

The president made these statements in reference to the Decentralization Act, while speaking at the campaign rally held in capital Male' to garner support for Hisaan Hussain who is running for the constituency of Thulhaadhoo on behalf of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in the upcoming parliamentary election.

President Solih alleged that all bills submitted to the parliament by the state were being held back on the basis that they are unconstitutional.

Implying that the administration did not receive enough support from the current parliament, the president urged voters to elect an MDP majority.

Additionally, President Solih highlighted that much needed to be done in order to further develop the constituency of Thulhaadhoo and highlighted that the parliament was the key to secure sufficient funds to accomplish the needful.

President Solih stated that an MDP majority was needed to establish a just judicial system, to stamp out corruption and maximize tax revenue by passing new laws.

"We're not pestering or defying a certain group. We are with the people", stated President Solih, who is currently playing an active role in MDP's campaign activities.

While MDP is the largest party in the ruling coalition, Jumhooree Party (JP) has openly expressed discontent at the former's bid to gain a majority for itself. JP leader Qasim Ibrahim maintains that it is necessary for representatives of other political parties to hold parliamentary seats as well.

Several leading MDP members have stated it would be difficult to carry out projects in the event that the party does not attain a majority.

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