President Solih at Addu: MDP will not exist without the city

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks at a campaign event for MDP's presidential primary at Addu City on January 13, 2023. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Naail Hafeez)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Friday evening, arrived at Addu City’s Feydhoo to campaign for the upcoming presidential primary of the main ruling party, Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

He is accompanied on this visit by senior government officials including Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, Environment Minister Aminath Shauna, Gender Minister Aishath Mohamed Didi and Education Minister Aishath Ali.

President Solih was welcomed at Feydhoo harbor by a number of residents, whom he shook hands with, and addressed.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrives at Addu City to campaign for MDP's presidential primary on January 13, 2023. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Naail Hafeez)

Speaking to the residents, he underscored that Addu residents have always worked towards change. The President said that Addu residents had remained this way, since the inception of MDP. He also noted many senior posts in MDP were held by members from Addu City.

Citing these reasons, President Solih stressed that MDP would not exist without the support of Addu residents.

“I remember the sacrifices of Addu residents when this party was incepted. Today even, Addu residents are with this party. Senior posts of the party have been filled by Addu residents; sometimes with significant obstructions and difficulties. These obstructions are sometimes faced by the party members in Addu City. Nevertheless, this party would not exist without Addu City residents,” he said.

Speaking further, President Solih emphasized on the importance of Addu City’s development – remarking Maldives would not have developed without Addu City’s development.

“It should be Addu City which first experiences the positive impacts of changes to the Maldives. Maldives would not develop without Addu City developing,” he said.

President Solih is scheduled to partake in an event at Feydhoo School tonight.

As MDP’s presidential primary looms – President Solih and MDP’s leader, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed who are going head-to-head in the election are both campaign in atolls presently.