Only ten percent of coalition agreement fulfilled: Gasim

The government has implemented only 10 percent of the agreement between the ruling coalition parties, Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim has said.

Speaking on RaajjeTV's "Fashaairu" program on Tuesday, Gasim said 90 percent of the coalition agreement remains unfulfilled and that only 10 percent was fulfilled. Despite this, the current government is better than previous administrations, he said.

“When a party comes to power, they rule the country as if a coalition did not exist," he said.

Gasim, who is also the Maamiligi MP, said it is hard to say whether the current coalition between the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), JP, Adhaalath Party, and Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) will be maintained until the next presidential election. He said there have been no discussions between the coalition parties regarding the upcoming presidential election.

Gasim said he does wish to come to power by doing political work. If he had operated that way, he would be in power today, he said. Gasim said he always worked for the reform of the country and spent 60 percent of his income on developing the country and educating the people.

Earlier in 2008, Gasim formed a coalition to bring President Mohamed Nasheed to power, and again in 2013 to bring President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom to power.