Campaign backfires on pres spokesperson after angry backlash

President Office spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali has met with strong backlashes and heated verbal exchanges from the public on Saturday during campaign efforts.

Muaz, who officially holds the spokesperson designation at president office visited the North-Harbor vicinity on Saturday afternoon with a small group of ruling party supporters.

He attempted to strike dialogue with several locals who were either already on-board massive boats ready for their respective trips back to their home islands.

"You will no longer need to travel like this by boats, president Yameen has assured the development of an airport for you all," Muaz directed his remarks at locals on-board a boat originating from Haa Dhaal atoll Kulhudhuffushi.

Regarded as the 'heart of the north' Kulhudhuffushi is a recent entrant into the list of venues where president Abdulla Yameen has promised domestic airports will be constructed.

However, the president spokesperson's efforts in rallying support for Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) candidate Abdulla Yameen was futile as he was met with strong criticism and verbal retaliation by Kulhudhuffushi locals on-board the boats.

Many had gestured from their hands; showing the number two, claiming their support for opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

His campaign efforts hit another adverse chord when Muaz pushed a Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) flag bearer aside. The opposition supporter, carrying an MDP flag stepped in front of Muaz.

Muaz had churned angry remarks at the opposition supporter, asking the local he was unable to 'tolerate president Yameen's developmental prospects.'

After an exchange of heated words, Muaz stepped out from the vicinity of North-Harbor and made his way to the local market area. However, he was again met with the same response from hundreds of locals present at the area.