Qasim accuses previous gov'ts of betraying nation

Jumhooree Party leader and presidential candidate Qasim Ibrahim has voiced strong criticism against the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) governments, alleging that they betrayed the country.

Speaking at a campaign event during a campaign tour to Haa Alif Atoll, Qasim said with the exception of former President Dr. Mohamed Waheed's administration, all previous governments had betrayed the nation. He accused the MDP of selling Velana International Airport to foreigners and both the MDP and PPM governments of unlawfully arresting judges.

“They have stolen from the people to an extreme degree,” he said.

Qasim said the results of his reform efforts since 1984 are being witnessed in the islands today. He credited the development of a harbor in Haa Alif Ihavandhoo as a testament to his dedication to reform.

Noting that he has contested every election since 2008 except the last presidential election, Qasim said he runs for presidency with the determination to bring national development and striving for economic prosperity for all, akin to his own wealth.

In a significant pledge, Qasim promised to waive social housing fees, as well as fines for electricity and water. He also committed to constructing a ferry terminal in the Ihavandhoo harbor area, establishing a funeral home, providing essential facilities for the island school, and air-conditioning classrooms under his government.