Gayyoom praises Pres Solih for attending MRM meeting

Interim President of the Maldives Reform Movement (MRM) and former president of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom has praised President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for attending the closing ceremony of MRM's inaugural session.

The closing ceremony was held Saturday night at Billabong High International School. Speaking at the ceremony, Gayyoom said the party was officially registered three days earlier by the Elections Commission, and that President Solih's presence at the closing ceremony of the party's inaugural session brought great joy to the party members.

Gayyoom described President Solih's participation in the event as an indication of his consideration for the ruling coalition.

"It is a great honor to have President Solih here with us today. This is an indication of the close relations he shares with MRM and his consideration for the ruling coalition. This exhibits his special attentiveness towards further developing democracy in the Maldives."

The former president said MRM will bring changes to the political atmosphere of Maldives. The party will pay special attention to providing equal opportunities within the party to both male and female members, said Gayyoom, while ensuring that 25% of every wing of the party is allocated for youth.

Gayyoom said that MRM will work towards uniting the citizens of the country. He called on the party's members to work towards defusing the current tension in the political arena. He added that heated verbal exchanges between political parties will be detrimental and counterproductive, and advised party members to follow a different approach.