MDP has to go forward with difference in opinion: President Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (L) and Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed (R) | Photo: Jazeera

Malé, Maldives – Ruling party Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has to go forward with differences in opinion, said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of the party’s congress, President Solih said that there will always be space for different opinions within the party, and that while there are aspects everyone can agree on, there will also be aspects that may not be agreeable by everyone.

“The only way forward is to go ahead with different ideas and differences in opinion. We must, not even for a moment, let the bightness of the flame we lit for a better tomorrow for Maldivians diminish,” President Solih said.

This comes at a time when the party’s President and Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed and President Solih are at odds over Nasheed’s campaign to hold a constitutional referendum to change the country’s political system from Presidential to Parliamentary.

The fate of Nasheed’s efforts towards a Parliamentary Maldives will be decided by MDP’s ongoing congress, where a vote within the party will decide whether they want to move ahead with proposing a Parliamentary system. President Solih, prior to the commencement of the congress, called on Nasheed to withdraw the resolution he forwarded to the party proposing the referendum.