Meedhoo, R. Atoll – Former MDP Chairperson Moosa Manik has said that Maldivian Democratic Party has fulfilled all its promises to the people.
Speaking at President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s campaign rally in Meedhoo, R. Atoll yesterday, Moosa said President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih has brought the decentralisation system MDP wanted to the level accepted by the people and that the councils have been given powers and the state budget has given the amount to the councils.
President Solih has also introduced a housing policies, increased the salaries of education workers, and introduced minimum wage, he said.
Moosa also said that MDP has now fulfilled all its promises to the people and there is no chance to talk about bringing another person other than President Solih to power.
“Then there is no chance we will talk about bringing in another person. There are two terms in a democracy. I certainly want to give the President another term to complete the unfinished projects he has started,” Moosa said.
Moosa said if President Solih is given a second term, the people will get the progress they need. He said the President will win the presidential election by a large margin.
President Solih is contesting in the MDP presidential primary against former President and MDP President Mohammed Nasheed. The primary will be held on the 28th of this month.
Moosa, who joined back to MDP in November last year , years after leaving the party and has been critical of the party’s current president Mohammed Nasheed.
Moosa remains a strong supporter of President Solih and the government, he has repeatedly called for President Solih to be given a second term in office. He also has launched several heated verbal attacks on MDP President and Parliament Speaker Mohammed Nasheed.
Moosa was kicked out from MDP in 2014 for violating the MDP’s whip-line in a vote to remove two Supreme Court judges. Maldivian Democratic Party’s (MDP) disciplinary committee took action against him after his absence from a parliamentary vote to dismiss former Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz and Justice Muthasim Adnan.
At the time MDP had announced that if Moosa wished to rejoin the party, he must publicly apologize and gain 50 new members. However, he will not be allowed to contest in any party primary or stand for a leadership position in the next five years.
MP Moosa Manik with MDP leader, former President Mohamed Nasheed started out his political career with Maldivian Democratic Party, and had remained an active and a loyalist to it till his expulsion from the party in 2014. Despite this, parliament only removed him from MDP’s parliamentary group in February 2017.
The former actor and businessman maintained that he was dismissed for announcing his intention to challenge Nasheed in the MDP’s 2018 presidential primary.
Not long after, he officially joined the then ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on 11th July, 2017. Moosa Manik played an important role in former President Abdulla Yameen’s campaign for re-election in 2018, but was seen praising his successor, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih till he joined MDP again.