Opposition must answer for past failures, insists pres

Opposition alliance presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has to answer for past failures, incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom said Sunday.

Speaking during the ceremony after he was officially handed the ruling party presidential ticket, president Yameen said the people must ask questions of the opposition who had failed to deliver since 2008.

The veteran lawmaker's election manifesto for the September elections largely includes promises made in the past which the opposition failed to deliver on.

President Yameen added that Solih needs to clarify why former president Mohamed Nasheed "sold" the country's main airport and state assets.

"He also needs to tell us why they [opposition] influenced the judiciary into issuing the Supreme Court order on February 1. These are questions he must answer for. Questions that he must be accountable for," president Yameen stressed.

The president also aimed a dig at some of the electoral pledges made by Solih by accusing the opposition of trying to fool the people when it failed to do so when the opposition was in government.