The main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party officially launched its local council elections campaign with simultaneous rallies in the north and south Thursday night as the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives introduced candidates for the Malé city council.
Under the campaign slogan ‘Decentralised Maldives,’ the MDP’s rallies on the northern island of Dhidhdhoo in Haa Alif atoll and Addu City in the south emphasised the party’s commitment to devolving decision-making powers from the central government in Malé.
“MDP has shown a way of development that allows us to preserve our islandness,” said Ali Niyaz, the party’s deputy chairperson at the Dhidhdhoo rally, contrasting the party’s policies to the government’s plan of relocating 70 percent of the country’s population to Hulhumalé.
Other speakers also called on the public to vote for MDP candidates to defend and uphold the six-year-old decentralisation system.
Abdulla Sodiq, two-term mayor of Addu City, said the MDP will win the seven seats on the city council as in the previous two elections.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent