Solih: Over 100M spent from state finances for the ruling party’s campaign

Former president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and MDP's leader Abdulla Shahid at the concluding rally for the party's parliamentary campaign on April 19, 2024. (Sun Photo/Moosa Nadheem)

Former president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has accused the current administration of spending MVR 100 million from state finances to fund the parliamentary campaign of the ruling party, PNC.

Main opposition MDP held a walk to conclude its parliamentary campaign on Friday evening. Speaking to supporters at Artificial Beach after the walk, Solih strongly criticized the government for its failure to disclose the details of expenses.

He said his travels to various Maldivian islands for MDP’s parliamentary campaign had shown how discontent the people are with the current administration.

“I see discontentment from everywhere. Concern over President Dr. [Mohamed] Muizzu’s failure to fulfill the pledges he had made to come to power. Because this needs to be changed, voices are being raised on behalf of all people across all of Maldives,” he said.

Former president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaks at the concluding rally for the MDP's parliamentary campaign on April 19, 2024. (Sun Photo/Moosa Nadheem)

The former president said the public is unaware of the details of how the current administration is operating despite five months into assuming office. He particularly criticized the government for failure to disclose matters related to state finances.

“No information regarding the state’s finances has been disclosed in the past three weeks,” he added.

“What we know is political posts have been increased through the roof. Information publicized three weeks ago shows that MVR 450 million more was spent on salaries than the first three months last year,” he further detailed.

Solih alleged that over MVR 100 million was spent from state finances to fund the trips President Muizzu and senior officials of the government undertook to campaign for the parliamentary election. Underscoring that no response has been given when questioned on these matters, Solih stressed that these wrongs can only be righted by ensuring MDP gets the parliament majority.  

Concluding rally for MDP's parliamentary campaign on April 19, 2024. (Sun Photo/Moosa Nadheem)

“If you are voting for pro-government candidates, that is a vote against development. A vote to stop the projects. A vote to distribute the flats as they want. A vote to change the list of recipients of land,” he added.

Speaking further, Solih said the current administration has no intention to develop the islands, specifically accusing the government of sidelining smaller islands. He also said the current administration was showing a façade to Male’ residents, which he states will be proven through the ‘Rasmale’ project.

MDP has the largest number of candidates contesting this parliamentary election for 90 constituencies, followed by PNC for 89 constituencies.

A total of 368 candidates are contesting Sunday’s election for 93 constituencies.