MP Qasim: No desire to change govt, will remain till 2023

Leader of Jumhoory Party (JP) and Speaker of Parliament, Qasim Ibrahim (R) gestures as he converses with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (L). (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

Qasim Ibrahim, the leader of the Jumhooree Party which is a part of the governing coalition has said that he has no desire to see a change in the government and that his party will remain in the coalition led by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih until 2023.

MP Qasim, who represents the Maamigili constituency, was speaking at the head office of Jumhooree Party in M. Kunooz when he stated that his party will remain in the coalition until 2023. Qasim, who is a well-known figure in the political spectrum of the country also said that his party is committed to doing everything possible to maintain the current government.

“Our wish is to stand with the current President. That doesn’t mean we will not field a candidate for the Presidency in 2023,” said Qasim, repeating a statement he has previously made to field a candidate for the next presidential election. These statements have sometimes been misinterpreted by some people as an attempt by Qasim to change the current government.

“I was very pleased when some of the MPs in the Parliament became worried and announced that they would not let it happen when I said so (to field a candidate for the election). It means that we have done what we wanted in the way we wanted,” said Qasim.

Qasim also noted that his party was no longer a party relevant just for the elections. JP has been sometimes referred to as a party that goes “silent” after the elections, stated Qasim, who also announced that the party will compete in the upcoming council elections and other elections. Qasim also noted that work was being done consistently to increase the size and number of people in the party.