Malé, Maldives – Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail has tweeted regarding the Local Council Election (LCE) held yesterday, and cited internal fractures among the many reasons Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) has lost the majority seats in Malé.
A sound victory for multi party democracy. A colossal loss for us in Greater Male. Combination of factors-being in gov, Covid measures and inevitable dissatisfaction,high expectations, internal fractures all inevitably led to this moment.We will learn from this and do better IA— Fayyaz Ismail (@faya_i) April 11, 2021
In addition to internal fractures within the party, Economic Minister Fayyaz also mentioned dissatisfaction to Covid-19 measures and high expectations by citizens.
While some agreed with the comments by the Minister, majority of twitter users stated that the expectations of the public was not set high, rather the public wants “integrity, decency, honesty and good governance” while others recommended internal reform.
Minister Fayyaz tweeted this following the preliminary results, where the opposition, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) won 12 out of 19 seats in the Malé City Council, winning major seats such as Villimalé and Hulhumalé seat.
The 2021 LCE has resulted in some historic breaks from tradition where MDP has lost super majority in some city and local councils, including Malé, Addu City and GDh. Thinadhoo.
This is the first time in recent history that MDP has lost the Malé mayor’s seat.