Leader of Jumhooree Party (JP) Qasim Ibrahim has stated that former President/Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed had pleaded him to form a coalition against former President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom.
Speaking at the ceremony held at JP Headquarters [Kunooz] to present forms to new members, Qasim said that the Parliament Speaker had been undermining the coalition on his official visits to the atolls.
As such, Nasheed stated that the government was unable to facilitate the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) due to the coalition. In response, Qasim questioned whether Nasheed had forgotten his pleas to form that same coalition.
He also raised concerns over whether the Parliament Speaker had assumed that he had attained the position by distributing the rights of over 400,000 Maldivians among two/three MDP members.
Qasim stated that Nasheed was disrespecting the Maldivian people, and undermining them with his remarks. This is baseless, and not in accordance with the law or the justice system, he said.
In his speech, Qasim also criticized President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, and the government over news of Maldives Airport Company Ltd. (MACL) hoarding seaplanes to TMA. However, MACL has stated that no such acts have been undertaken.