New Maldives pres makes key pledges in first 100 days

New Maldives president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday made key pledges within the first 100 days of his government which included cheaper electricity, free higher education and breakfast for students across the archipelago.

Addressing the parliament after being sworn in as the archipelago's seventh president at the national football stadium in the capital Male on Saturday, the veteran lawmaker detailed a number of goals his government had set for the first 100 days.

"By the end of this period, electricity prices will be reduced. Tuition fees will be fully covered for undergraduate degrees. School students will be provided free breakfast. Pension funds may be utilized for Hajj pilgrimage," Solih explained.

The president also vowed to stop issuing fishing permits for foreigners and eliminate import duties on agricultural capital.

"A green tax will be introduced and its revenues will be funnelled towards environmental protection programs," he added.

Solih stressed on the need to resolve the housing crisis especially in the capital and pledged an equitable housing program based on the assessments conducted by the island councils.

"An air ambulance service will be launched across the Maldives to accelerate emergency response. The National Mental Health Institute will be established where health costs will be covered by Aasandha [Universal Health Insurance scheme]. Councils will reclaim its autonomy that have been eroded," he detailed.

"These are only a few amongst all targets earmarked for my 100 days in office."