Gasim urges MPs who switched sides to leave ruling party

March 20 13:46 2017

The return of lawmakers who switched to the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives will “automatically” solve the problems facing the Maldives, Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim declared Sunday night.

In his first speech at a political rally for more than two years, Gasim said the nine JP MPs who joined the PPM were elected because of the party’s hard work and financing of their campaigns.

“To maintain the peace and security of the nation, to bring prosperity for the nation, to perfect the rights of the people for them – all of that will be settled if you nine come here,” he said at a rally held at the party’s headquarters in Malé to officially hand over tickets to 94 candidates contesting in the local council elections.

He added that the four MPs from the Maldivian Democratic Party who defected to the PPM should also return to the main opposition party.

“When matters reach the state where this nation is plunged into chaos and disorder, with no justice to be had, or when our various institutions are brought into disrepute, you should look carefully, look back and see, if that step you took was skewed or wrong, then rectify it,” he said.

Gasim went on to say that the independence of oversight bodies and the separation of powers envisioned in the constitution have been compromised.

Power and money can be fleeting, he said: “Look what happened to Hitler? What happened to Pharoah and Haman? Everything came to an end in a moment.”

Gasim’s remarks come ahead of a vote of no-confidence against the speaker of parliament on March 27 with a breakaway faction of the PPM expressing confidence that President Abdulla Yameen will lose his previously comfortable pro-government majority in the 85-house.

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Source URL:  Maldives Independent

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