President: We will win election if MDP and Democrats unite

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih addresses a campaign rally in Thinadhoo City on September 27, 2023. (Photo/MDP)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says that the MDP and Democrats uniting will produce more votes than the PPM, ensuring a win in the presidential election.

In a campaign rally in Thinadhoo City on Wednesday, President Solih said that the decision by some members to leave MDP following internal disagreement had resulted in “difficulties” in winning the election.

He said that MDP and Democrats have more votes between them than the PPM.

“If we look at the total votes, we will have more votes than PPM if MDP and Democrats unite. Even if we look at individual islands. There are few islands we cannot win a majority in if we unite. It means a landslide victory if we unite,” he said.

In the first round of voting on September 9, President Solih had won 39 percent of votes, while PPM-PNC’s candidate Dr. Mohamed Muizzu won 46 percent.

At Wednesday’s rally, President Solih said the results of the first round had been less than ideal.

He said that it had been because of a number of reasons.

He urged voters to double check where they need to go to vote.

“In Sha Allah, we will win this election,” he said.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih visits Thinadhoo City on September 27, 2023. (Photo/MDP)

President Solih said the opposition was selling lies about his administration signing agreements that undermine Maldives’ independence and allowing foreign soldiers to operate in the country – that the people had begun to believe.

“We failed to address this back then, because we did not believe that people who have run this country and hope to run this country again, would tell such blatant lies,” he said.

President Solih said that it was important that people learn the truth about such allegations.

“There is no misleading, no lie in this. We have been governing this country in the best interest of this country and its people,” he said.

President Solih said the former administration had attempted to sell off an atoll by amending the law, and that it was his administration that repealed the amendment.

He said that he would not allow a foreign country to own “even a single grain of sand” from Maldives.

“We reiterate this promise. For as long as we remain in power, we will not allow a foreign party to own a single inch or a single grain of sand.”