Maldives opposition rules out reprisal against govt

An opposition alliance government would not seek reprisal against the many injustices suffered by the people at the hands of the incumbent government but would instead look to right the injustices, opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih pledged Saturday.

Speaking during a campaign rally at Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo island, the veteran lawmaker said the first order of business for the opposition once elected would be to restore much needed justice in the country.

He said the opposition government would look to right the many injustices by offering compensation for the people who have been unjustly jailed or fired by the incumbent government.

"When I arrived in this island, an elder shook my hand and begged me to restore justice in this country saying that Muslims cannot live in a country where justice and rule of law have been denied. So I assure you that one of our primary responsibilities would be to establish rule of law and restore justice in this country," Solih vowed.

He also urged the people to not back down an inch after winning the elections in September until incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom accepts defeat.

Solih explained that an opposition government would establish an interim justice system to probe the numerous claims of corruption against the government and promised to hold everyone responsible.