Qasim's presidential bid driven by compulsion: Pres Solih

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has suggested that Jumhooree Party leader Qasim Ibrahim, was contesting the presidential election under compulsion.

Speaking on RaajjeTV's "Fashaairu" program on Saturday, President Solih said Qasim had not initially intended to run for the presidential election, but external pressures led to his candidacy. He said Qasim had disclosed to him that he was contesting under compulsion due to differences of opinion among his close associates and advisors.

The president said Qasim did not get the opportunity to work with the main-ruling MDP not because they could not come to a special agreement. He said Qasim was happy with MDP's policies. Despite Qasim running in the election, it is expected that Qasim would work with the MDP in the upcoming term, the president said.

The President emphasized the importance of maintaining coalition alliances when people vote for a coalition government. He shared his commitment to working to uphold the government chosen by the people despite any differences of opinion.