Gov't moving at snail's pace, says Nasheed

Parliament Speaker and the President of the main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed, has said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government is moving at a 'snail's pace'. Nasheed made the statement on Saturday at a campaign rally held in F. Bilehfahi.

Nasheed will go head to head against President Solih in MDP's presidential primary slated for January 28.

Speaking at the Bilehfahi rally, Nasheed said the pace of development during the current administration was slow. He said the president was not interested in running the country.

'The President has no interest in running the country, and neither do the ministers,' Nasheed said.

The Parliament Speaker further said the government was trying to carry out projects beyond its capacity and without having the necessary resources. He said the government has failed at fulfilling its pledges over the past five years and had not been able to recover the funds lost in the biggest corruption scandal in the Maldives' history, the MMPRC graft.

Nasheed is currently on tour to Alif Alif, Alif Dhaalu, Faafu, and Dhaalu atoll. He is scheduled to conclude the tour and return to Male' on Saturday. He will next travel to Noonu, Raa, and Baa atoll from January 9 to 11; Laamu, Thaa, Meemu, and Vaavu atoll from January 13 to 15; Lhaviyani atoll and Kaafu atoll on January 17; Gaafu Alifu and Gaafu Dhaalu atoll from January 19 to 21, and Addu City from January 23 to 24.