Pres promises two islands for residents of Maafushi, Guraidhoo

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has revealed that two islands will be reclaimed for the residents of Guraidhoo and Maafushi island by the end of the reclamation projects planned for the two islands.

President Solih made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony held Wednesday to open a campaign station of main-ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in K. Guraidhoo.

The President said funds have been allocated in this year's budget to reclaim land in Guraidhoo. While the project plans have been completed, the project will be implemented this year, said the president, adding that two islands will be established during the reclamation process.

"Just as the country's citizens wish, we will reclaim a smaller island outside of the main reclamation area," said the president.

The president added that while a land reclamation project is currently ongoing in local tourism island K. Maafushi, the residents of the island made a request to reclaim the "Vahmaafushi" island that was swept away during the 214 tsunami disaster. President Solih will comply with the request, he revealed.

While the local council elections loom up ahead, President Solih, who has in the past criticized former administrations for making promises just ahead of elections, also shared details of development plans for Guraidhoo island.