The 2017 local council election campaign concluded with final rallies in Malé on Thursday night followed by marches and vehicle rallies across the country on Friday afternoon.
Speaking at the Progressive Party of Maldives’ final rally at the industrial village of Malé, President Abdulla Yameen reiterated the ruling coalition’s central campaign message of voting for candidates who would work together with the government.
Yameen said citizens who want development are obliged to vote for pro-government candidates. “The opportunity to empower a councillor who would have the chance to say no to the government’s development projects as well as efforts to bring about social stability, good principles, codes of conduct and religious harmony is coming on Saturday,” he said.
“If you do that, we will once again head towards conflict, and things would once again remain unfinished.”
Yameen also pledged that the installation of three water plants in the capital will be complete by the end of the year, which would and ease pressure on the water company and serve as a backup in emergencies.
The management of the State Trading Organisation is holding talks in Saudi Arabia for a deal to secure cheap oil, he revealed.
The May 6 election comes amidst renewed political turmoil with Yameen battling a new opposition alliance bolstered by the weight of his half-brother former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.
Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim was meanwhile detained and put on trial last month amid the opposition’s efforts to gain a parliamentary majority with defections from the divided ruling party.
Other opposition leaders are either in jail or exile and Gayoom is in India on a private visit.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent