Maldives opposition vows to honour existing development pacts

An opposition government would honour existing development agreements with both local and foreign parties, opposition alliance president candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih assured Monday.

Speaking during a campaign rally in Haa Dhaal Atoll Kulhudhuffushi island on Monday, the veteran lawmaker Solih said an opposition coalition government would not look to stop any ongoing development projects or annul existing agreements.

However, the Hinnavaru lawmaker was quick to warn that agreements made in violation of regulations would be re-visited and revised accordingly.

"We will not stop any of the ongoing projects. We will not stop projects being carried out under agreements with foreign parties or the ones funded by the state budget. But if an agreement is made in violation of regulations we will have to amend it," Solih said.

Solih's assurances come in the wake of intense opposition accusations of corruption in the several foreign funded mega development projects initiated by incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's government.

The crunch elections slated for September 23 would be a two horse race between President Yameen who is seeking re-election and Solih who has been backed by Yameen's main political rivals including the now jailed former presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.

Unlike in previous elections, the presidential race would be decided in the first round and is widely seen more as a 'referendum' with a straight choice between the opposition and the government more than an election.