President: Agenda 19 details my electoral pledges

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in V. Keyodhoo on March 14, 2019. (Photo/MDP)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s legislative agenda, Agenda 19, provides details of his electoral pledges.

Launching the campaign of MDP’s candidate for the V. Keyodhoo constituency this Thursday morning, Solih stressed the need to elect government lawmakers and lawmakers who believe in the Agenda 19 to the Parliament.

“Agenda 19 – compiled by MDP to detail my electoral pledges is of vital importance. In Agenda 19, you will find details of the pledges I made to come to power,” said Solih.

“In order to bring about our proposed amendments, the necessary legal amendments, we need people who believe in this and support this [at the Parliament],” he said.

Solih provided assurance his administration will fulfil its pledge to provide water and sanitation services to all inhabited Maldivian islands.

He said that construction of infrastructure for water and sanitation will begin in all islands within the first three years of his presidency, and that all inhabited Maldivian islands will enjoy water and sanitation services by the end of his five-year-term.

“I pledged to conduct development projects irrespective of specific island, atoll, or population level. I assure you I will not leave behind any island in my bid for national development,” said Solih.

Solih, during his speech, expressed appreciation for the hard work of multiple political parties and countless citizens to elect him to office.

He said that none of the political parties or individual citizens would have any reason to regret their effort.

“My victory during the last presidential election is due to the hard work of MDP, Jumhoory Party, Adhaalath Party, President Maumoon and so many others. I shall never forget this. And I will not let anything bad happen to any of them, or any of the parties,” said Solih.

While Solih has reiterated his support to the government coalition, Jumhoory Party (JP), following failure of the government coalition to reach a consensus on an alliance for the parliamentary elections, has formed an alliance with opposition parties – Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People’s National Congress (PNC).

JP has endorsed 32 of PPM and PNC’s candidates for the elections, while PPM and PNC has endorsed 27 of JP’s candidates for the elections.

JP ministers within Solih’s Cabinet, meanwhile, have renounced the 32 of PPM and PNC’s candidates endorsed by JP.

Cabinet ministers who have publicly renounced the candidates include Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula, who is the spouse of Qasim Ibrahim – Leader of JP and Speaker of Parliament.